As TEPCO Reports Increased Possible Radiation Release, Japan Expands Voluntary Evacuation Radius To 30 km

Tyler Durden's picture

The latest news from Fukushima continue progressing from bad to worse. Which of course means that the (physical) silver lining around the mushroom cloud will be that much more potent: after all, the greater the destruction, the higher the Russell 2000. Just ask the Keynesians.


This in turn has prompted the Japanese government to increase the "voluntary" evacuation radius from 20 to 30 kms, finally. Shortly, this will be 80. But not before many more innocent people are irradiated and sacrificed at the altar of Nikkei 10,000 (and RUT 36,000).

From Kyodo:

The Japanese government on Friday encouraged people living within 20 to 30 kilometers of the troubled nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture to leave voluntarily, citing concerns over access to daily necessities, while maintaining its directive for them to remain indoors and for residents within 20 km of the plant to evacuate.

The government asked heads of affected municipalities to encourage people to voluntarily move farther away, promising to provide its full support in helping them to relocate, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told a news conference.

But he stopped short of declaring an evacuation advisory to avoid fanning fears about the increasing danger of radiation leaks, despite criticism from concerned municipalities and local residents of the central government's ''slow response'' over the evacuation instruction.

On a possible new directive from the government, Edano said the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan is looking into the possibility of whether an evacuation directive can be issued on the basis of living conditions rather than safety concerns. Evacuation directives to date have all been linked to concerns about radiation levels.

In a televised message to the public, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said his government is basing its decisions regarding evacuation advisories on the judgment of nuclear experts mainly from the commission.

The Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan, a government panel, also recommended voluntary evacuation the same day for residents 20 to 30 km from the Fukushima Daiichi complex, saying the release of radioactive materials from the plant is expected to continue for some time.

Bearing in mind the shortage of supplies for people stuck indoors within the 30-km radius, the government had been looking into possibly extending its evacuation range but, according to a government source, decided against it because expanding the directive simply because of living conditions would ''cause confusion.''

The government is not planning at the moment to expand the designated exclusion zone, Edano said, noting there has been no fresh information about the levels of radiation since the government issued its directives.

With many affected residents already voluntarily evacuating from around the plant and more wanting to follow, Edano said it is ''preferable'' for people to leave of their own accord, given the difficulties they are encountering in their daily lives.

In the meantime, now that Tokyo has neither running nor bottled water, those particular 14 million residents are certainly giving a long hard look at at the voluntary evacuation option themselves. Which will be GDP bullish.

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Contra_Man's picture

Games, it's all seemingly a horrible game all around this 10 unit nuclear site - and in top level international planning and disaster co-ordination... 5 days for "Operation Extension Cord" et al :(  Bless the innocent

jus_lite_reading's picture

HOLY MOSES!!! 3 reactors now confirmed breached!!

WHOOPS! They must have lost that in translation!!


davepowers's picture

the good news is that the source (Kyodo) that  fiatsfire cites does not confirm a breach. Only the possibility and more investigation needed.

markelshark's picture

Just to keep radiation exposure in perspective:

A Man without Qualities's picture

Apologies for jumping into the chain here, but there is an excellent blog on Reuters that's providing an update of events.


It's clear the situation is pretty dire, and the narrative that the things are "under control" is patently false.  The best case scenario is massive economic damage to the country.

davepowers's picture

sorry, they're putting the blog on hold 


TheMerryPrankster's picture

Homer Simpson REALLY IS the face of nuclear safety and management. These silly fuckers managing the repairs at the reactors can't even send in guys with knee high boots or hip boots, something that should have been done when doing repairs in water in any non-nuclear area, so its something that especially should have been done in a radiation situation.

No, they send in 3 contractors with ankle high boots, aka shoes and apparently no radiation monitoring devices to work in pools of radioactive water. This shows they haven't even done a radioactive survey of the areas of the plant site. So it turns out the water was 10,000 times more radioactive than "normal reactor water" and the workers received radiation burns on their feet and legs.

Management must think "we can't be liable if we didn't know" and they apparently plan on trying very very hard to know nothing for as long as possible.

Homer Simpson is real and is managing operations director of all nuclear plants in Japan.



Thomas's picture

Radiation, breachez! Evacuate Nikkei 9000s!

MSimon's picture

Nikkei 9000s!


HAL 9000s!

MSimon's picture

Nikkei 9000s!


HAL 9000s!


Ask Dave.

homersimpson's picture

Did I just get promoted in Japan! Woo-hoo!

Hey - do you still want the rest of that donut?

flattrader's picture


No need to move to Japan.

TEPCO may be coming to Texas.

Greg Palast was an excellent investigative reporter.  He went into a downward spiral at one time.  The above link seems to be the kind of reporting that I admired.

MaxPower's picture

We have a saying in the nukular power community: you can only rise to the level of your own incompetence.

Hence my name, Max Power.

jus_lite_reading's picture

Here we have the most technologically advanced nation, and they send in workers wearing duct tape and plastic bags. WTF?

Infinite QE's picture

Where the F are the robots? They make robots for damn near everything, why not for this?

Harmonious_Dissonance's picture

Radiation kills robots too, and fast.


Bio-Robots needed, volunteers?

NotApplicable's picture

They are too busy killing brown people in other hotspots.

Unlawful Justice's picture

That would be a waste of valuable resources.  It's what they do, that tells you the real story.  

knukles's picture


Had the supposedly most technically advanced nation.....

More at 7.

jus_lite_reading's picture

WHOA! Passengers in China now treated with severe radiation levels!

Breaking news!

Arch Duke Ferdinand's picture

Ladies and Gentlemen,

North America is facing a major decision in the next few days and weeks.

.....How many Japanese immigrants do we allow into North America should Fukashima be declared a National Disaster?


avonaltendorf's picture

All of them. Intelligent, civil, industrious.

Jim in MN's picture

Egypt should make a play for them.  Could be a very productive move on everyone's part.

iDealMeat's picture

How bout Mexico!  Be a good fit, and positive for both cultures..

knukles's picture

Got lots of empty houses need taking care of,
Communities to be reinvigorated,

And in exchange, Japan can forgive us our debt they hold

dugorama's picture

It's easy to imagine that if things worsen to say a 100km exclusion zone, 30 <i>million</i> or so people will need to relocate.  So when you say "all of them", I think you should consider what that might mean.  We would certainly no longer have a surplus of housing.  And what if Tokyo can no longer be inhabited?  That makes it 50 or 60 million.

AN0NYM0US's picture

Cat looks like I am headed for defeat with our wager -


fuu's picture

You may win mine though as the rate is above 5% still which was my call.

ZerOhead's picture

I assure you it's a bet I would be more than happy to lose.

Six days to go but today and tomorrow the winds are still heading inland. No chance to vent off pressure/hydrogen.

Let's keep our fingers crossed.

hedgeless_horseman's picture
  • Pooled water in the water pools?  Inconceivable.
    Or could it be some unknown heat source melted the snow? 
    Or maybe it has something to do with all the firetrucks?

    TaxSlave's picture

    No, water draining from the cores themselves.

    Stuck on Zero's picture

    Pooled water means that something within the containment dome has let loose.  It's not likely to be the pressure vessel so that leaves the feedwater pipes.  Ugh.  That has always been the nightmare for nuclear designers - the unsprung mass of the pressure vessel and the brittleness of the coolant pipes.  If they break leak it's impossible to cool the core until it melts through the bottom of the pressure vessel.

    alien-IQ's picture

    "30 Km" might be a zero shy of appropriate.

    jus_lite_reading's picture

    This is bullish... or bullshit more appropriately

    buzzsaw99's picture

    This is bullish.

    DaveyJones's picture

    or half of that word

    "an evacuation directive can be issued on the basis of living conditions rather than safety concerns"

    don't think of it as a flight to safety, consider it more, outgrowing your condo

    avonaltendorf's picture

    Solid journalism on semi-ghost towns, lack of supplies, confusion.

    flattrader's picture

    That was an interesting read.

    The psychology of manipulation in this situation is something to watch and learn from.


    10kby2k's picture

    They can expand the evac zone without directly stating its nuclear related.

    flattrader's picture

    Yes.  Exactly.  That was the point I was making [or trying to make].


    Natasha's picture

    Thanks for that link.


    1fortheroad's picture

    Stronger than expected possible radiation. Definitely bullish. Rally on.

    Golden monkey's picture

    Is it too late to drop sand now?

    Ahmeexnal's picture

    And too late to build a cooling chamber under the reactors.  As each minute goes by, it all seems to indicate there is a hidden agenda behind the inaction of those responsible in this event.

    knukles's picture

    Yes indeed, methinks the conspiracy theorists are about to have a bloody global celebration...
    This just could not be more fucked up if somebody truly tried. 
    Kinda like some other "things" going on these days.... people, decisions, places and things.

    vast-dom's picture


    Cindy_Dies_In_The_End's picture

    Its the next Surprise ingredient on Iron Chef.