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IAEA finds high radiation levels outside Japan evacuation zone

March 31, 2011

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Greenpeace members monitor radiation in Iitate on Sunday, 40 kilometers from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Greenpeace members monitor radiation in Iitate on Sunday, 40 kilometers from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Tokyo (CNN) — Radiation levels in a Japanese town outside a government-ordered evacuation zone have exceeded one of the criteria for evacuation, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday.

The agency said it advised Japan “to carefully assess the situation.”

The elevated levels were found in Iitate, a town of 7,000 residents about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of the earthquake- and tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the agency said. The evacuation zone covers a 20-kilometer (13-mile) radius around the plant.

The agency did not say what levels it found in Iitate, but the environmental group Greenpeace said Sunday it had found radiation levels in the town that were more than 50 times above normal.

Though that is far below the level that would cause radiation sickness, it does pose a risk of cancer to residents in the long term, Greenpeace said.

  1. April 2, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    To the IAEA every Fukushima and / or Chernobyl victim is a threat.
    A threat to the “peaceful” atom.
    The IAEA knows only one goal: To overcome this crisis, by continuing to sell the ideology of atomic power all around the globe.
    This will increase the risc of future accidents.
    Pregnant women should have been evacuated from the first hour on to southern Japan.
    TEPCO, IAEA, WHO – one club.

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