Evacuation Preparation Directive to Be Lifted in Fukushima
[Tokyo] 09 Aug 2011. JIJI PRESS ENGLISH NEWS SERVICE
(excerpted) Tokyo, August 9 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese government task force decided Tuesday to remove the designation of evacuation preparation areas in Fukushima Prefecture in early September at the earliest, partly due to the reduced risk of hydrogen blasts at the stricken nuclear plant.
The areas, where residents have been told to prepare for possible evacuation due to the radiation threat from the Fukushima No. 1 plant, are within 30 kilometers of the plant and outside the government-set 20-kilometer exclusion zone. Once the designation is lifted, people who have been evacuated from the areas will be able to return home.
…According to the task force, the evacuation preparation areas encompass all or part of five municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture--the cities of Minamisoma and Tamura, the village of Kawauchi, and the towns of Hirono and Naraha.
Some 25,800 residents of the affected population totaling about 58,000 have left the areas.
As conditions for lifting the designation, the task force said the Fukushima No. 1 plant must be stabilized to a certain degree, radiation levels in the areas need to be reduced and public services and infrastructure have to recover.
The panel concluded that a measure of safety has been restored at the nuclear plant following an analysis that annual radiation exposure at a point 20 kilometers from the plant would be less than 20 millisieverts even in the event that the injection of water to cool the damaged reactors is suspended for 15 hours. The estimated radiation exposure meets a standard set by the International Commission on Radiological Protection.
Also, the task force surveyed the areas and found that radiation levels are low with the exception of some hot spots.
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