Japan Orders Evacuation Around Nuclear Plant

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Plants cooling system failed from damage during earthquake, pressure is rising.

Shores are submerged in Natori city, Miyagi prefecture (state), Japan, after a ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded, slammed Japan's eastern coasts Friday, March 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, FOR COMMERCIAL USE ONLY IN NORTH AMERICA

Authorities say the pressure is rising at a nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan after its cooling system failed.

Japan's nuclear safety agency says pressure inside the reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant has risen to 1.5 times the level considered normal. To reduce the pressure, slightly radioactive vapor may be released.

The agency said the radioactive element in the vapor would not affect the environment or human health.

Japan has issued an evacuation order to about 3,000 residents living near the plant. The government also issued a state of emergency at the power plant.

The agency says plant workers are scrambling to restore cooling water supply at the plant but there is no prospect for an immediate success.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2011 at 06:05 AM
    Melt downs[more than one possible] could cause so much damage to japan & the ocean & any country close to them.They can't say how bad it is going to be,& don't want panic by other countries.Any thing in 200 mile distance can be effected,& ocean currents can carry radation so far.This is so serious.God help this suitition please.
  • by Unemployed Location: Brooklyn, Mi on Mar 11, 2011 at 06:04 PM
    They are moving them all in to the new Fema concentration camps, so the Government can further control more people.
  • by gunny mills Location: michigan on Mar 11, 2011 at 10:42 AM
    if there is not danger to humans or the enviroment why are they evacuating???? seems to me that someone is not being completly truthful
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