October 8, 2011- On Friday, the U.S. government announced another travel warning to its citizens warning them to avoid traveling near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant in Japan.
The nuclear crisis in Japan started seven months ago following the massive earthquake and tsunami and this is the second travel alert the State Department has issued.
The new alert, says a State Department spokesperson, is because of updated data the Japanese authorities gave them and was assessed by scientists in the United States.
The recommendation from the alert is for citizens not to travel within 12 miles of the plant. It also recommended not traveling to areas northwest of the nuclear facility in the area Japan has called the “Deliberate Evacuation Area.”
The alert also said to follow all the recommendations by the government of Japan in other areas to stay away from. The State Department said in areas that are 12 to 48 miles away are of low risk and exposure does not pose a problem for once a year visitors.
Those that may live in the 12 to 48 mile area are recommended to follow all local guidelines by local authorities. Elderly people, children and pregnant women should not remain within 18 miles of the nuclear plant.
The president of the power company, Tokyo Electric, says the recovery efforts are ahead of schedule.