Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Evacuated all residents within a radius of 20 km around Fukushima

Barcelona. (Editorial) .- The Japanese police have announced that all residents within the security perimeter of 20 kilometers around the Fukushima nuclear plant have been evacuated. Police and staff of the SDF have led residents to safe areas and have worked all night to relocate to 450 patients in hospitals and nursing homes.

The police cars are patrolling the area between 20 and 30 kilometers of the facility and urging to ensure that all residents stay home with the windows closed, an estimated 140,000 people are in this situation. For its part, the major European and Asian airlines have begun to take steps to avoid flying over Tokyo, diverting planes to the South, while growing fears of contamination.

The Japanese government has already imposed restrictions on its airspace and has established a no-fly zone with a radius of 30 kilometers above the Fukushima nuclear power plant-1, located in the northeast. Lufthansa German group for safety divert its flights to Tokyo to Osaka and Nagoya, at least until the weekend, although airliner returning from Tokyo does not offer any symptom of being contaminated by radioactivity.

For its part, Air China has canceled all its flights to Tokyo from Beijing and Shanghai, mainly due to the lack of operational capacity at some airports, while Taiwan Airways announced it would cancel flights to Tokyo and Sapporo until late March. Some airlines have decided to limit the presence of staff in the Japanese capital to the concern that the level of radioactivity continues to increase.

Thus, Air France-KLM has moved all its staff from Tokyo to Osaka, said KLM spokesman, Schrijver Gedi, told Reuters on Tuesday. Swiss International Air Lines has included in its provisional scale operations in Hong Kong en route to Tokyo in order to shorten response times in the Japanese capital.

Others, such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways flights to still maintain the two Tokyo airports, Narita and Haneda. Currently, the five major operators in Japan are Japan Airlines, with a market share of 13.5%, Delta Air Lines, with 9.2%, Korean Air (9.1%), the ANA group (8.8 %) and Asiana Airlines (6%), according to the consultant Innovata.

Delta and American Airlines continues its operations in Japan, while the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of USA. UU. said Tuesday it is willing to take measures such as the diversion of flights to Japan, if the crisis worsens.

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