Japan Makes Radiation Evacuation Zone Mandatory

Long overdue: The mushy "suggested" evacuation now has some force behind it. The Japanese government has declared a 20km radius around the crippled Fukushima plant a mandatory evacuation zone - all but emergency workers are banned from entering.

Although residents are now forbidden from entering the area, local mayors have made a temporary exemption for one member of each household - presumably if something vital from home needs to be retrieved. [Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists]