Japan has doubled its estimate of the amount of radiation spewed out by the Fukushima nuclear plant

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Heartbreaking evacuations as Fukushima's nuclear fallout spreads
BRENDAN TREMBATH: Japan has doubled its estimate of the amount of radiation spewed out by the Fukushima nuclear plant in the week after the crisis began. It comes after confirmation that plutonium has been found outside the facility for the first time.

Even before these revelations Japanese authorities were urging residents living just outside the Fukushima no-go zone to leave. Thousands are now packing up and evacuating, fearing radiation in soil and the atmosphere could lead to health problems, especially in children.

One of the districts being evacuated is Iitate, less than 40 kilometres from the crippled plant.

PM - Heartbreaking evacuations as Fukushima's nuclear fallout spreads 07/06/2011
 


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