Tuesday, October 2, 2012

People of Fukushima at Risk By Lifting of Evacuation Order

Fukushima communities still crippled as evacuees choose to stay away. Asahi Shimbun Oct 2, 2011 http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201210020009

[Excerpted] Only one in 10 evacuees from certain towns close to the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has returned home, a year after officials declared it was safe to do so.

Just 3,160 evacuees, or about 11 percent of the total from that area, have returned...

The figures relate to those residents whose homes were between 20 and 30 kilometers from the crippled plant. For almost five months after the disaster, officials designated it an "emergency evacuation preparation zone" and urged children, pregnant women and the infirm to leave. They told other residents to stockpile supplies and prepare to stay indoors or to flee in the event of a further heavy radiation release.

Officials imposed the order on April 22, 2011, but then lifted it on Sept. 30, citing low radiation levels....

Majia here: The people of Japan know it is NOT safe to return to this area and that official data on radiation levels are NOT to be trusted.

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