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Americans Urged to Leave Japan's Affected Areas as Radiation Levels Rise in Tokyo
by R. Robertson
Tuesday Mar 15th, 2011 12:24 PM
Several embassies advised their citizens to leave affected areas, including Tokyo. Some multinational companies either told staff to leave or were considering relocating outside the city. US says Americans should leave affected areas.

UPDATE: 3/16. American officials break with Japanese authorities, broadening the area US citizens should move from immediately to a 50 mile radius from Fukushima plant. Source: CNN
Officials in Tokyo 150 miles south of the plant said radiation in the Tokyo, which is 150 miles south of the nuclear plant, is 10 times normal.

Update 3/16: Level in Tokyo 10 times higher than normal says Kyodo News

A toxicologist at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, interviewed by Reuters, said that such a radiation level was not an immediate threat to people but the long-term consequences are unknown.
China is moving its citizens out of Japan due to radiation levels there.

Quoted in a Reuters article, Murray Jennex, a professor at San Diego State University in California, said the crisis in Japan was worse than the Three Mile Island disaster of 1979.

World-wide concerns are being raised about the safety of nuclear power, and just at a time when it has seen a resurgence as an alternative to fossil fuels.