Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Japanese government admitted for the first time that radiation levels will be too high to allow evacuees to return home many

residents living near the nuclear power plant damaged Fukushima told their homes may be uninhabitable for decades, according to reports in Japanese media.

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, is scheduled to visit the area on weekends may not return home the evacuees, but the operation to stabilize the reactor plant has successfully hit in January .


announcement marks the first time that officials have publicly acknowledged that radiation damage in areas near the plant could be too dangerous to live for at least a generation, which means that Indeed some of the residents will never return to them.

A Japanese government source was quoted in local media say that the area would be outside the limits of "decades". The new data have revealed dangerous levels of radiation outside the exclusion zone of 12 miles, increasing the likelihood that entire villages will be uninhabitable.

The exclusion zone was imposed after a series of explosions of hydrogen in the ground after the earthquake and tsunami in March.

The government had planned to lift the mandatory evacuation of 80,000 people and allow them to return to their homes in the zone once the reactor was brought under control. Several thousand people living in other random points outside the area also had to move.

However, in a report published this weekend the Ministry of Science provides the radiation accumulated over a year in 22 of 50 test sites within the zone easily exceed 100 millisieverts , five times the safety level recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection. "We can not exclude the possibility that there will be some areas where it will be difficult for residents to return home for a long time," said Yukio Edan, Chief of Staff Chief of Government at secretaryand of a disaster. "Sorry."

Futaba and Okuma, cities of less than two kilometers of the plant in Fukushima, which should be among those blacklisted. The annual cumulative dose of radiation in a neighborhood of Okuma was estimated to be 508 millisieverts, which experts deem sufficient to increase the risk of cancer. More than 300 families in both cities were allowed to return briefly to their home next week to collect their belongings. For the first time that residents have visited their homes since the crisis.

operator Tokyo Electric Power, is working on the three reactors paralyzed and four pools of spent fuel from overheating in a safe condition known as "cold shutdown" by mid-January.

last week, the company estimates that losses of the three reactors were reduced significantly in the last month.

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