The International Atomic Energy Agency weighed in on the simmering nuclear crisis with alarming radiation data, but the government said Thursday it has no plans for now to expand the current evacuation zone.
The international nuclear watchdog said Wednesday in Geneva it detected about 2 million becquerels of radioactive substances per square meter, double the IAEA limit to prompt an evacuation of residents, in soil samples from the village of Iitate about 40 km northwest of the Fukushima No. 1 plant.
With the data, the IAEA effectively urged the government to expand the current no-go zone of 20 km around the plant. Residents of areas 20 km to 30 km of the plant are advised to stay indoors.
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