US eases travel alert around Japan nuclear plant

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Posted: Oct 07, 2011 3:21 PM
US eases travel alert around Japan nuclear plant

The United States has eased its advice for travelers to the environs of the nuclear plant devastated by the March quake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.

The State Department on Friday advised U.S. citizens to stay more than 12 miles away from the Fukushima (foo-koo-SHEE'-mah) Dai-ichi plant _ in line with Japan's own no-go zone.

The previous U.S. travel alert recommended against going within 50 miles of the plant. The latest announcement said Americans staying for more than a year within that wider area should consult with local authorities on radiation levels.

Tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate following the quake. The nuclear crisis caused the worst radiation leak since Chernobyl.