Japan nuclear power plant leak causes massive evacuation

International media organizations on Tuesday evening reported that at least 70,000 people have been evacuated and advised to stay away from the 20-kilometer danger zone and even beyond when radiation levels soared after a fire broke at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

A nuclear meltdown is feared to occur if temperature of four out of six reactors becomes uncontrollable.

Earlier, Japan prime minister Naoto Kan said that radiation levels around the Fukushima No. 1 plant on the eastern coast have “risen considerably” and his spokesman said the level is deemed high enough to “endanger human health.”

Kan reportedly advised people residing up to 10 kilometres beyond the 20 km exclusion zone surrounding the earthquake-stricken nuclear plant to stay indoors.

Evacuees were reportedly subjected to radiation tests on their way to their temporary shelters. Most of them fear of radiation but has remained calm.

Meanwhile in the local scene, MalacaƱang on Tuesday said that nuclear emergency is unlikely to hit the Philippines.

DOH secretary Enrique Ona, DOST secretary Mario Montejo and Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) director Alumanda de la Rosa, during a press briefing stressed it is “highly unlikely” that radio activity deposition will reach the country.

The three officials pointed out that there is “no scientific and technical basis that radioactive plume or nuclear fall-out from Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant will hit the Philippines as wind projection heading east of Japan towards the Pacific Coast.”

The chiefs of said agencies assured the public that government is prepared for a “nuclear emergency” in the event of a nuclear meltdown in Japan's nuke facility.