Japan Makes Radiation Evacuation Zone MandatoryS

Long overdue: the mushy "suggested" evacuation now has some force behind it. The Japanese government has declared a 12 mile radius around the crippled Fukushima plant a mandatory evacuation zone—all but emergency workers are banned from entering.

Although residents are now forbidden from entering the area, local mayors have made a temporary exemption for one member of each household—presumably if something vital from home needs to be retrieved. [Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists]