Friday, April 22, 2011

Japan creates a legal exclusion zone around

The Government of Japan has decided to legally prohibit the entry into a radius of 20 kilometers around the battered Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, reported the Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, during a visit to the area. According to Khan, quoted by the local agency Kyodo, the ban will take effect at midnight local time (17.00 Spanish time).

Until now the Japanese Government advised residents in the area to evacuate to the increased radiation levels, but not legally required. Some, mostly elderly, remain there, while other evacuees entering and leaving the exclusion zone to retrieve their belongings, NHK reported. Despite the ban, the government granted a special permit for entrance to two hours of each family member so you can return to retrieve belongings, said government spokesman Yukio Edan.

The only people who can not obtain this permit are those evacuated from a radius of less than 3 km around the plant, added the minister said. Naoto Kan has traveled to the province of Fukushima to visit evacuees found in the cities of Koriyama and Tamura and meet with the governor, Yuhei Sato.

In the 20-kilometer radius around the plant about 80,000 people lived before the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March that severely damaged the cooling system of nuclear power plant. The operator of Fukushima Daiichi, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) provides stable return to their battered cooling reactors at three months and take a "cooling down" within six to nine months.

The Government indicated that after controlling for central review the areas of evacuation, which until now affect all localities within a radius of 20 kilometers and located some 40 kilometers.

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