More residents living near Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant are leaving their homes on radiation fears.
Nearly 8,000 people living outside the current 30-kilometer (roughly 19 miles) exclusion zone began leaving their homes Sunday after the government suggested doing so.
Norio Kanno, mayor of the local village of Iitate, says it’s a pity to see the people of his village leaving, against their own will.
“I’m sure most of you have lived in Iitate village all your lives and hadn’t ever planned on moving. To those of you that I now have to ask to pack up and leave your homes, I am deeply sorry.”
Some residents, overcome with grief, could barely express their feelings.
An unidentified woman forced to evacuate said, “It’s such an incredible shame to have to leave the house that I’ve lived in and grown used to. I can’t even express it in words.”
Following the further evacuations, shares of the embattled power company TEPCO, which operates the Fukushima nuclear plant, declined as much as 7% on Monday.
Bottom line: Sadly the crisis in Japan continues, as additional nuclear evacuations begin outside a 30km exclusion zone on fears of high levels of accumulated radiation. TEPCO shares plunge.