Disasters

Japan Pressured to Expand Evacuations

Japan is facing new pressure to expand evacuations after the IAEA detected unsafe radiation levels in a village 40 km from the plant—well beyond the current 20 km radiation zone. Radiation levels in seawater around the plant also continued to rise, hitting a new high Thursday of 3,355 times the legal limit. Meanwhile, tsunami rescue workers have been unable to collect as many as 1,000 bodies inside the evacuation zone, and it is unclear how to collect them, since they now pose a radiation threat to people who come into contact with them.