Update: Search for bodies begins in Japan’s Evacuation Zone

Police say about 12,600 people have died from the March 11th earthquake and tsunami that struck northeast Japan and more than 14,700 are listed as missing, including about 4,200 in the evacuation zone around the Fukushima plant.

Currently, search is under way for bodies in Japan’s evacuation zone. Nearly 240 police officers from Tokyo and about 100 from Fukushima Prefecture fanned out wearing protective suits to search for bodies in the 12-mile evacuation zone around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Because of the radiation risk, Japanese and American soldiers avoided the evacuation zone previously.

The New York Times maps the evacuation zones around the Fukushima reactors.

Source: New York Times

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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