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Japanese Workers At Nuclear Plant Evacuated – Update: Conflicting Reports on Evacuation

At the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, all of the workers are now being evacuated due to elevated radiation risks. As MSNBC‘s Ed Schultz reports, this now means that the facility will be unmanned and leaves the stability of the plant in severe doubt.

Earlier, workers were frantically working at the plant to minimize the danger and radiation exposure. However, as of now the workers have been ordered to evacuate and it is unclear if or when a new shift of workers will be able to return to the facility.

Watch the clip from MSNBC below reporting on the story:


Update: There are conflicting reports about the evacuation. MSNBC’s Robert Bazell reported, at 11pm EDT, that the evacuation was temporary, and that workers were only to leave for 45 minutes.

Reuters’ Lou Charbonneau reported that the evacuation order was lifted:

REUTERS Japan nuclear agency: Evacuation order of plant workers lifted at 0230 GMT after radiation falls

The New York TimesHiroko Tabuchi, though, tweeted that the plant was never completely abandoned at all, citing a possible error in translation:

10:48pm EDT: Contrary to some reports, a core group of workers remain at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. It is not abandoned.

12:04am EDT: Repeating: Fukushima plant was never abandoned. Workers outside were told to take cover indoors, but never left – TEPCO spox Tanaka Ai.

CNN, as of midnight, was still reporting the plant was completely evacuated.

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