Japan Nuclear Crisis: Government Declares 12-Mile Area Around Plant A No-Go Zone

Japan Nuclear Crisis: Government Declares 12-Mile Area Around Plant A No-Go Zone

TOKYO — Japan declared a 12-mile (20-kilometer) area evacuated around its radiation-spewing nuclear power plant a no-go zone on Thursday, urging residents to abide by the order for their own safety or possibly face fines or detention.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the order would take effect at midnight and was meant to prevent unrestricted entry into the mostly deserted area, which was ordered evacuated after last month’s tsunami and earthquake wrecked the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant’s power and cooling systems.

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