Wednesday, May 18

Residents allows first visits to nuclear zone

TOKYO - over 100 evacuated in the exclusion zone to Japan's troubled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant Tuesday for a short visit membership were to collect from their homes.

The trip was the first time the Government felt secure enough in the security of the area even short trips it will sanction has. People are pushing hard for weeks for the permission to check on their homes.

The evacuated - only a fraction of the tens of thousands forced to flee as the work of radiation began leaking after 11 March earthquake and tsunami government chartered buses for the two-hour visit on board.

You have been with protective suits, goggles and face masks carry the zone have been made available and issued plastic bags, to put their stuff. They were also certain dosimeters radiation levels and Walkie-talkies monitor.

All were for radiation contamination after leaving the 12-mile (20 km) can be seen.

More visits are planned in the coming months, but residents fear that they can return never for good.

Many had was secretly sneaking back into the zone during the day, but the Government, concerned about security and the possibility of theft - enforce stricter began road-blocks and imposing fines on 22 April.

Official visits were seen as a compromise, to take into account the security and the wishes of the inhabitants.

Nine towns and villages are subject to the No. go zone order, and some are more on the alert for a possible evacuation in the near future. Tens of thousands of residents of the area live still in evacuation shelters, although many of the houses of relatives or apartments at other locations across the country have scattered.

Government officials and the Tokyo Electric Power Co., which runs the Dai-Ichi course, have said that it could be six to nine months before the residents could return to resume their lives. But they admit that this is a best case scenario.

Continue to repair the battle workers and to stabilize the plant, but it radioactive in some areas progress remains high, slow and dangerous.

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