Friday, April 1, 2011

More evacuations in Japan evaluated by radioactivity outside the exclusion zone

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that as levels of radioactivity were detected outside the exclusion zone of 20 km around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in eastern Japan. The agency report was released when the Japanese central situation remains "very serious", as the Tokyo Electric Power Company has been unable to control the radioactive leak.

Radiation above recommended levels was detected in a village outside the 20 km where the evacuation was mandatory because of its proximity to the plant, affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, said. This is the town of Iitate, about 40 kilometers from Fukushima, which already are taking important precautions even though the readings of radioactivity in the village have been considerable.

The IAEA has finally confirmed what some experts have suspected for days that the concentration of radioactivity is extremely high "to 20 kilometers away from the reactors, so they might have to take out new mandatory evacuations.

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