Tuesday, March 15, 2011

All residents within 20km of plant evacuated

All residents within 20km of plant evacuated

Japan's National Police Agency says all residents within 20 kilometers of the quake-damaged Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant have been evacuated.

Police and Self-Defense Forces personnel guided the residents to safety following reports of radiation leaks from the plant's reactors.

They worked overnight to relocate 450 hospital patients and nursing home residents by bus, and the last 96 hospital patients were flown to safety by helicopter on Tuesday morning.

Police cars are patrolling areas between 20 and 30 kilometers of the plant and urging residents to stay indoors with their windows shut.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 16:05 +0900 (JST)