The U.S. State Department is lifting the voluntary departure order issued for dependents of U.S. government employees in Japan, allowing families to return to the country.
The departures were authorized after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility and led to releases of radiation from damaged nuclear reactors.
In a travel alert posted on its website, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo said that while the situation at the Fukushima nuclear facility "remains serious and dynamic," the radiation dangers outside a 50-mile radius evacuation zone are low and "do not pose significant risks to U.S. citizens."
"Based on the much reduced rate of heat generation in the reactor fuel after one month of cooling and the corresponding decay of short-lived radioactive isotopes, even in the event of an unexpected disruption at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, harmful exposures to people beyond the 50-mile evacuation zone are highly unlikely," the embassy statement said.
Travel inside the evacuation zone is still not recommended. Major U.S. government and military facilities are outside the 50-mile zone.
The families of military personnel who left Japan for "safe havens" in the U.S. are awaiting Pentagon orders authorizing their return, Stars and Stripes reported.
â€śFamily members will soon receive instructions on how to obtain return flights and proceed from their selected locations,â€ť Stripes quotes a statement from U.S. Forces Japan as saying.
The U.S. Embassy statement said theÂ American government is using the same safety standard in allowing the return of dependents as it would if such an event occurred in the United States.
so much for lever 7
so much for level 7
The whole thing does'nt make sense!
You would have to be insane to want to go back... "Common Sense" is right, this does not make a bit of sense and we have been lied to since day one of this event. This is probably not a good time to listen to them tell us it's safe when it was just escalated higher than when they were evacuated.
Or... instead of applying your critical thinking skills to the BASIC science classes you took in college, you relied on what the sensationalist media told you to believe, and now you are confused. It's been over a month since the reactor was shut down. Was everyone in this country a liberal arts major in college?
Stay, don't go back. No information that proceeded the problems at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility has been true and thus the LEVEL 7 designation now. I sure wouldn't go back there anytime soon just worrying about which way the wind will blow. We don't know for sure the extent of the "meltdown" they refuse to acknowledge happened and maybe even to 2 of the reactors.
This is madness!
Anyone who really wants to know what is going on with the nuclear disaster needs to monitor these two websites and NOT the mainstream media or the US government.
That paid vacation that was costing the tax payers $20,000++ to keep the dependants in Hawaii is over!!
A life is priceless. That you can begrudge the safety of others for something as worthless as the US dollar makes me feel extremely sorry for you.
I agree with you Bob. A lot of the dependents left because it was a paid vacation on the tax payers dime!!!!
I'd be thinking twice about this – this is the obama US government saying this.
Go screw yourself. At least your not contaminated like these dependents are. Can you buy back their health?
Why dose the U.S. think its safe they Could get seriously Hurt
As sure as death and taxes, the earth will continue to move! FOREVER! That's FOREVER people! Even if they bury Fukushima in concrete the rods will stay hot. What happens in 10 years, or 100, or 1,000 when the next 9.0 hits? Concrete is not going to save ANYBODY! Burying nuclear waste in NV is scary because those idiots in charge think they can control everything. What about Wyoming? It's a super volcano! What do you think will happen to that little hole in the NV desert when half the state of Wyoming goes KA-BOOM? DUH-LOSING!!! It makes me sick to see and hear politicians and big business from all over the world polluting this planet and at the same time saying they're taking care of their young people. What a crock!!! Think past your own futures and stop killing our planet!
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Anyway..It's about time,they have been living on my block since the quake.Their atrocious driving has resulted in four family pets ran over,and thousands of dollors worth of cameras stolen.
The US military is not to be trusted.
I don't think the US government can "order" its citizens to leave a foreign country, as long as these citizens are only family members of its employees.