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YIKES Japan Planned for Tokyo Evacuation The view from a Tokyo office building after the earthquake on March 11. (Credit: Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images)

Japan Planned for Tokyo Evacuation

Despite saying the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was under control, the Japanese government developed a worst-case scenario plan for the evacuation of Tokyo. They kept the 15-page report secret out of fear of causing panic. The report, submitted to Prime Minister Naoto Kan and his top advisers, examined several ways the meltdowns could escalate and cause radiation levels to soar. Those scenarios would require the evacuation of residents within a 105-mile radius and “voluntary” evacuations within a 155-mile radius, which includes Tokyo.

January 26, 2012 7:14 AM