25 Mar '11, 9am

Japan has asked citizens living within 30km of the Fukushima nuclear plant to leave voluntarily

Japan has asked citizens living within 30km of the Fukushima nuclear plant to leave voluntarily

Evacuees rest in a shelter in Kamaishi, Iwate prefecture. Japan government asked people still living within 20 to 30km of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant to leave voluntarily. -- PHOTO: AFP OSAKA - JAPAN'S government on Friday asked people still living within 20 to 30km of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant to leave voluntarily, after it earlier told them to stay indoors. Hundreds of thousands of residents were evacuated from within a 20km radius of the plant in the days after it was damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami which disabled its crucial cooling systems. As radioactive steam and smoke have wafted from the crippled site, and as hundreds of workers have battled to stabilise it, several foreign governments have urged their citizens to leave areas within 80 or even 100km of the plant. Japan's top government spokesman on Friday asked people remaining w...

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