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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