From NTI Thursday, July 21st, 2011
Japan on Thursday declared a second set of high-radiation locations outside the 12-mile exclusion zone around the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Kyodo News reported (see GSN, July 20).
Authorities have battled to prevent radioactive contaminants from escaping the six-reactor facility following a March 11 earthquake and tsunami that left more than 20,000 people dead or missing in Japan. Yearly radiation levels were calculated to exceed 20 millisieverts at the 59 affected residences in the Japanese city of Minamisoma.
Residents are urged to evacuate those homes. Another 113 residences were declared hot spots in June in the city of Date. In addition, roughly 80,000 people were earlier forced to move out of the exclusion zone in the wake of the disaster (Kyodo News I/Mainichi Daily News, July 21).
Radioactive contaminants drifting from the plant have dropped to 1/2,000,000th the level identified immediately after the March 11 events, the Asahi Shimbun quoted plant operator Tokyo Electric Power and the Japanese government as saying on Tuesday.