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 zoneā€”all but emergency workers are banned from entering.

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