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1,800 flee home of troubled Japan n-plan
Published on 20 Mar. 2011 12:56 AM IST
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About 1,800 residents of a town that hosts a troubled nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan are migrating to a city near Tokyo, news reports said Saturday.
More than 1,000 residents of Futaba in Fukushima prefecture arrived Saturday at Saitama Super Arena, a large indoor stadium in the capital of Saitama prefecture, after the Fukushima plant suffered damage in the March 11 quake and tsunami that caused the cooling systems at its six nuclear reactors to fail and led to fears of meltdowns.
Japanese fire trucks doused the overheating reactors for a third day Saturday, but Futaba officials decided to move the whole town to Saitama city after releases of radiation were recorded at the plant, the Asahi newspaper reported.
Futaba residents boarded 40 buses in Kawamata in Fukushima prefecture, where they had been evacuated because their own homes are within a 20-km evacuation zone around the plant.
Town functions were to be set up in the arena because their evacuation was expected to last a long time. Many of the town’s 6,900 people have taken shelter at another city. The Saitama prefectural government said the arena could receive up to 5,000 evacuees, NHK reported.
2 Chinese charged with spreading radiation rumours
Two men in Shanghai have been charged with spreading rumours about nuclear radiation from the Fukushima plant in Japan having reached China.
A man surnamed Wu posted on a social networking website a message that said nuclear pollutants had arrived in the city from the damaged power plant, police said. Another man, surnamed Yin, helped spread the rumour on his microblog and via instant messages, Shanghai Daily reported Saturday.
An official said their behaviour had breached the public security law and they received “administrative penalties” for their act.
A magnitude 9 earthquake and a resulting tsunami hit the coastal areas of Japan March 11 and damaged the Fukushima nuclear power plant. There were explosions at three reactors while a fire engulfed the fourth one.

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