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Japan: Radiation Level Rises, Evacuation Zone Expanded

Japanese authorities have already ordered people living in a 12-mile radius around the plant to evacuate, and recommended that people avoid the area within a wider radius of 18 miles. The government’s new measures on Monday came in response to high readings of radiation in certain hot spots beyond those areas, underscoring how difficult it has been to predict the ways radiation has spread from the damaged plant.

Instead of spreading in even circles from the plant, the radiation has been directed to some areas and not others by weather patterns and the terrain. Iitate, one of the communities told on Monday to prepare for evacuation, lies well beyond the 18-mile radius, but the winds over the last month have tended to blow northwest from the Fukushima plant toward Iitate, which may explain why high readings were detected there.”

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