Japan extends exclusion zone around Fukushima — “Authorities aren’t willing to let people stay any longer”

Published: May 16th, 2011 at 7:22 am ET


Japan extends the exclusion zone around Fukushima, ABC Australia, May 16, 2011:

Japan has begun evacuating people from outside the official exclusion zone around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

With radiation levels remaining high, small children and pregnant women were the first to be moved with thousands more to be shifted into shelters and temporary housing. […]

The first to leave were small children and pregnant women. Thousands more will follow in the coming days.

Because of wind patterns Iitate and nearby communities have been swathed in high radiation and authorities aren’t willing to let people stay any longer. […]

After the operator of the plant, TEPCO, told the Japanese people that things were stabilising at Fukushima, it’s now clear they knew far less about the situation than they were willing to admit.

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Published: May 16th, 2011 at 7:22 am ET


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19 comments to Japan extends exclusion zone around Fukushima — “Authorities aren’t willing to let people stay any longer”

  • JustMe

    a little bit to late hm?

    • Cassie

      One explanation for the lack of international interest or response is that it was well known from the beginning that nothing much could be done. Like the Gulf Oil Spill. So the only action taken is make believe half hearted action and lies/ black out of the truth. Give the sheeple kool aid and happy talk. And hope they cannot put 2 and 2 together to get 4.

  • radegan

    “…it’s now clear they knew far less about the situation than they were willing to admit.”

    No comment.

    • Cassie

      We are all going to pay dearly for their incompetence.
      And for the rest of the world standing by and doing nothing.

  • Anthony J. Hall

    The failure of the international community to reach out to the victims of the Fukushima debacles will live in infamy. We need to do everything in our power to help those millions of Japanese on Honshu Island with the presence of mind to want to run for their lives and the life chances of their posterity. The crimes of omission so far involved are in my view on scale equal to or beyond the US nuking of civilians at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, all for the objective of making a political statement to the Soviet Union.

    • Cassie

      Isn’t this a bigger threat to Japan and the world than OBL?
      Why are the Navy Seals and others being sent to Japan to intervene?

      • Cassie

        I mean why aren’t military teams being sent it to secure the site?

        • mark V

          Military are brave men and women, ready to sacrifice their lives for high ideals. The problem is, they are commanded by mad banksta/corp/gov mafia elites, obsessed for money and power. So nope, markets will be saved (for today).

          • Heart of the Rose

            The military is expendable..they have forgotten that fact..
            Will we send troops in..will they receive doses of radiation the government later won’t admit to?..you betcha.

        • Atlantis

          it is too late. even before the tsunami they knew it, allowing employees to go home just after tsunami. All nuke plant are build so that if ctrl bars AND cooling are not effectively doing their job, having a single reactor out of control is manageable only under heavy measures like in Chernobyl. If you have more than one reactor out of control it is game over.
          They pretend doing things just to avoid further HEAVY penalties and penal charges (at least they think so, but they wont escape it)

          • so what will happen???? Please elaborate…

          • Cassie

            Like the Gulf Oil spill.
            Just pretend to do something, hide the oil with Cortex and hope no one notices. Talk happy talk and make more antidepressants for the sheeple. The culprits get off scott free and the people take the brunt.

  • Steve

    You can bet as years roll on the “Decade of Silent Death” will start. First cancers and sicknesses that the media will not even report on. Epidemic of health issues all around, Japan first then all over the world even in the U.S. Radiation from bioaccumulation. Birth defects, bone and lung cancers, miscarriages, stomach cancers, skin leasons, strange sicnesses all unreported in news media. Children will suffer as they will absorb the toxins the most that are absorbed from their food. So many will die early.

    • radegan

      Why radiation is good for you ! Anne Coulter said so again, it cures cancer, it kills the flu, radiation is good for you. Why the only reason we need Medicare for sick elders is because of those silly limits on radiation that liberals wrote into the law decades ago. Nobody will need flu shots, just go get a Cesium Caesar Salad and you’re set.

  • I see on Japan today news that Japan is rushing through a new ‘depression drug’ for their peeps.
    And, the Japanese people will most likely ‘swallow again’. Back under the ether for you!

    It is time to work hard on our own good mental health. Some are leaving the forum to go find the last vestiges of fun and play. Some are on a mission to make amends and set relationships aright, etc,…GRATITUDE will have to be squeezed out like precious drops of water to the parched-IMO.

    We in the US are totally ill prepared for the things Steve mentions above. Other countries have been living with these things for decades. I read last week that Falluja (sp), after all our ‘diddling around’, is experiencing stillborns, mutations, miscarriages OFF THE CHARTS.

    And, we will NEED each other, but trust will be the BIG thing to work through, huh?
    Just my thoughts on this rainy fuku-drenched morn!

    • radegan

      There was a poster a few days back who was telling about the protective effects anti-depressants had on radiation exposure. I hadn’t heard much about that before, suspect it has to do with the fluoride present in almost all anti-depressants.

  • Japan’s new “depression drug”. That’s actually what they call it.

    “Otsuka, Japan’s No.2 drugmaker by revenue after Takeda Pharmaceutical has been seeking new sources of revenue amid worries over its heavy reliance on Abilify, a schizophrenia drug due to lose patent protection in 2015.” (Reuters)

  • SteveMT

    Fukushima businesses want the plant “permanently shutdown. That is what TEPCO has been trying to do. This is a very strange story about the obvious.

    Fukushima companies want nuke plant scrapped
    Monday, May 16, 2011 19:49 +0900 (JST)

    Companies operating near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have demanded that its operator permanently shut down the damaged facility as its radiation leaks are harming their business.

    About 120 business people attended a briefing by Tokyo Electric Power Company in Iwaki City on Monday to hear how the utility is addressing the accident at the plant.

  • SteveMT

    Glad to see that the BBC picked up this extended evacuation story.

    16 May 2011 Last updated at 06:03 ET
    Japan evacuates residents beyond Fukushima no-go zone
    Residents have been moved further away from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in northern Japan as the no-go zone is extended and there is a new setback at the plant.

    Residents of the towns of Kawamata and Iitate were sent to evacuation centres.

    Attempts to stabilise one of the plant’s stricken reactors have had to be halted amid fears that highly radioactive water is leaking.