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Japan legally enforces Fukushima exclusion zone

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Japan legally enforces Fukushima exclusion zone


At the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan heavily protected workers continue the task of recovering bodies. Now authorities have tightened restrictions and imposed a legal ban to prevent people returning to this area in the interests of their health and safety.
A 20km safety zone will be enforced, and people will also be discouraged from entering areas within a 30km exclusion distance.
Greenpeace has been monitoring radioactive levels as far as 40km away, while a police check within the restricted zone revealed many homes are still occupied, with media reports suggesting the number was as high as 200.
Authorities have been looking for ways to shore up the foot of reactor No 4 to prevent it from collapsing. Officials have stressed they have not identified any new danger at the plant though they have warned the site remains vulnerable to aftershocks.   

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