The report in Kyodo puts it so mildly: "The Japanese government has encouraged people living within 20 to 30 kilometers of the troubled nuclear plant in Fukushima Prefecture to leave voluntarily, with concerns over access to daily necessities rather than resident safety prompting the advice."
That's from Yukio Edano, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary. What's not so encouraging is news of a high radiation leak. NHK World reports the Japanese Nuclear Safety Agency suggests Fukushima Dai-Ichi Reactor Number Three is damaged; the radiation was in water on the floor inside the plant's building and was 10,000 times higher than water inside a normally operating nuclear plant.
Three workers were hurt and were hospitalized; now there's fear the containment structure at Reactor Three is more damaged than believed and could get weaker.
Japan's Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, tweets that he'll make a statement later today. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.