Japan set to extend nuclear evacuation zone


Hayden Cooper
ABC News
April 11, 2011

The Japanese government is considering extending the evacuation zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant because of high radiation levels.

A 20-kilometre exclusion zone has been in place around the plant since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Japan one month ago today.

But Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yukio Edano, says changes are being considered.

“From the perspective of cumulative radiation, we need to take measures to secure people’s safety,” he said.

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