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IAEA wants more evacuations

The situation around the nuclear power plant Fukushima is getting worse. The International Atomic Energy Agency and the Japanese nuclear regulatory demand to expand the evacuation zone to 40 kilometers. But the Japanese government still sees no reason to do so. Meanwhile, the radiation level rises in the sea further from Fukushima. The UNEP criticized Japan's information policy.

The radiation leak in the wrecked nuclear power station Fukushima are still out of control. The government plans for the time being, however, not extend the evacuation zone around the damaged nuclear power plant. there is currently no immediate plans for such a step, said government spokesman Yukio Edano. They would, however, the ground around the intensive study of nuclear radiation.
Because of the high radiation levels in the 40 miles from Fukushima remote location Iitate the International Atomic Energy Agency had advised to evacuate the 7,000-resident city. "An initial assessment indicates that the IAEA criteria was exceeded for the evacuation", had IAEA expert Denis Flory said in Vienna. Greenpeace had to own measurements urgently required to expand the evacuation zone around Fukushima from 20 to 40 kilometers. The Japanese nuclear oversight called for an extended evacuation zone. To date I Fukushima nuclear power plant evacuation zone is 20 kilometers. Inhabitants within a radius of 30 kilometers further is recommended to leave because of radiation danger in the area or do not reside in the open.
Rain forced the operator Tepco to suspend the spraying of irradiated rubble with resin for the containment of radioactivity. Meanwhile, increases the radioactivity: In the sea water near the nuclear power plant were iodine particles with a 4385-fold higher concentration was measured as allowed, Kyodo news agency reported.
The Japanese government is considering several emergency measures to contain the radioactivity. This includes the idea of ​​the reactors covered with special fabric or to pump contaminated water from the power plant in a tanker.

The Chief of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, criticized the information policy of the Japanese authorities and Tepco Group. "What is the moment for many to understand the most difficult is the question of how information, clear, clear, accurate information is getting so difficult," Steiner said of the "Berliner Zeitung". The UNEP Executive Director also warned of further severe reactor accidents. At least twenty or thirty reactors of the same type as the disaster Fukushima reactor are in operation worldwide, including in earthquake-prone areas.
Emperor Akihito first met with survivors of the earthquake and tsunamis. Together with his wife, Michiko, the monarch took an hour to donate about 290 refugees in Tokyo consolation, as Japanese media reported. The number of the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March officially declared dead victims rose to 11 362. Further 16 290 people are still missing.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected today as the first foreign head of state since the disaster in Japan. Previously met the head of the French nuclear group Areva, Anne Lauvergeon, one with five experts in Japan to help in the nuclear crisis. They specialize in treating radioactive waste water.
Chancellor Angela Merkel had pledged in a telephone conversation with Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan assistance in tackling the crisis. Kan had been assured that Japan would continue to fully inform the international community about the power crisis Fukushima, Kyodo news agency as reported. According to government spokesman Steffen Seibert check the Japanese government, a German bid for the use of special robots.

From Stuttgart, in addition, a wide body run by a unit of the pump manufacturer Putzmeister on board. With more than 60 meters high pump can pump water from the top of the reactors according to the company. In the next few days, three more of the follow up to 80 tons heavy equipment. The pump will initially be used to cool, then they may be used for concrete work. A first pump helps the company for more than a week in the first cooling of the Fukushima nuclear power plant
Increased radiation in USA
In the U.S. state of New York, however, minute amounts of radioactivity in the air and in rain water were found. The state health authorities reported. The amount is so minimal but that it could cause any health damage, "said the representative of the authority, Nirav Shah. "Drinking water in New York will continue to be dangerous. We advise New Yorkers, no additional protective measures because of the radioactive emissions from nuclear power plants in Japan to take" said Shah. Each X-ray irradiation at a doctor visit was a thousand times higher than the atom discovered traces.