Japan Plans to Enforce Nuclear Evacuation Zone

Japanese officials will administer an evacuation order within 12 miles around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant damaged in the March 11 earthquake.

Almost all of the 78,000 residents who live in the 12 mile area around the plant evacuated after the quake, but some occasionally stop back to check on homes and retrieve belongings, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reported.

Officials will now close out the zone to protect people from what they consider to be dangerous radiation, CNN reported.

Evacuations are very difficult to enforce and usually vary between officers positioned at checkpoints leading into the area.

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