Police search continues for bodies, evacuation zone may be extended

04/07/2011
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aap3.jpg TOKYO (majirox news) – On April 3 the Fukushima Police Department sent 50 policemen to search for missing people who lived in the 20 km exclusion zone around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Today 240 police, equipped with dosimeters and dressed in protective gear, will look for bodies in the same area.

More than 3,500 people are missing. They were initially neglected because of the high radiation levels in the exclusion area.

The police department did not give details about the numbers of bodies that have been found.

Evacuation zone may be extended
The Nuclear Safety Commission is considering asking the government to revise the 20 km evacuation zone.

Yukio Edano, top government spokesman, said the government will make a decision in the near future of extending the exclusion zone if the radiation continues at present levels or increases. Experts say the radiation levels are likely to rise in these areas because there has been little progress in cooling the nuclear fuels or stopping radiation leaks

Meanwhile, the safety agency is compiling the data.

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