U.S. continues advising 50-mile no-go zone for Fukushima plant — “Citizens who are still within this zone should evacuate or shelter in place”

Published: July 20th, 2011 at 7:31 am ET
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U.S. says safe to use Sendai Airport, Kyodo, July 20, 2011:

[…] Washington maintained its evacuation advisory for Americans living within an 80-kilometer radius of the stricken nuclear plant in northeastern Japan.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we continue to recommend that U.S. citizens avoid travel to destinations within the 50-mile evacuation zone of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. U.S. citizens who are still within this zone should evacuate or shelter in place,” the statement said.

Published: July 20th, 2011 at 7:31 am ET
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17 comments to U.S. continues advising 50-mile no-go zone for Fukushima plant — “Citizens who are still within this zone should evacuate or shelter in place”

  • Maybe 175-325km’s; Would be better, in respect to what the data suggests…

    Along with the entire ‘USA’ west coast…

    Just saying…

  • Better to Abandon the whole Norther Half of Japan !!

  • Sickputer

    >”Out of an abundance of caution”

    You just have to love that bureaucratic phrase! A fire and brimstone politician no doubt!

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Philippines lifts ban on animal products from Fukushima area
    http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/07/104017.html
    Why? Why did they do this???

  • Levite

    I remember A. Gunderson said the 50km zone was appropriate for a meltdown of ONE reactor, based on the standards published by the US gov. for safe radiation limits, instead of the current 10km evac zone planning in the US of A:

    Yep here is the vid for those who did not see it:

    http://www.fairewinds.com/content/white-house-nrc-recommend-50-mile-fukushima-evacuation-yet-insist-us-safe-only-10

    I do think we need to recognize the 50 km zone is still better than what Japan is advocating ( residents moving back into the 30km exclusion zone!!!).

    Not that I would want to be anywhere near the land of the setting sun in this mellenia.

    Your cars were good

    Your Sake was Great

    Fissionable materials sealed your fate

    The land of the Setting Sun

  • odylan

    Interesting phrase: “… evacuate or shelter in place” – sounds ominous.

    Did they finally manage to get that nitrogen pipe connected up to No.3 ?
    – there was something about a 17th July deadline for the job if I remember correctly.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      17th July 2046 (if the technology is invented)

      • odylan

        At “Status of Reactors” (see top bar) 16th July (one day before the so-called deadline for the job) the nitrogen is again being injected into no. 3 but pressure is not increasing very much –

        which is probably because no. 3 is full of holes

        so that being the case could the advice to “evacuate or shelter in place” actually mean there’s a good chance of an explosion?

        • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

          Hi odylan,
          > which is probably because no. 3 is full of holes

          or: because reactor vessel’s top blown off since March!

          I’m RAGING

        • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

          How long are you supposed to shelter in place, anyway? Until the radiation diminishes? Isn’t that 24,000 years for plutonium?

  • odylan

    Bread and Butter, there seem to be two big problems despite what they say about the situation being stabilised –

    No. 3 the risk of explosion –
    precarious situation with the nitrogen injections
    No. 4 the risk of explosion –
    precarious state of the leaning structure

    as I see it looking through the fog of misinformation.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Odylan, you’re right. Sometimes it’s hard for me to keep track of all the “situations”, so-called “progess” and setbacks.
      I’m really desperate.

      (Colleague asked me out to have sushi today). I used to love…

  • odylan

    BreadAndButter,
    It’s sad. I used to eat lots of shrimps, prawns, cockles, mussels, plaice and dabs, all from the sea near Sellafield, when I was a kid. I wouldn’t dare do so now. We leave them for the birds.

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    Thirty-six have been halted for required regular checks and other reasons, and two operated by Kansai Electric Power Co. are scheduled to go offline Thursday and Friday. Another three are scheduled to shut down by the end of August.
    Under the Electricity Business Law, it is mandatory for reactors to be shut down temporarily every 13 months for regular inspections.
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