WH not recommending US citizens leave Tokyo

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Posted: Mar 15, 2011 2:35 PM
WH not recommending US citizens leave Tokyo

The White House says that unlike some other countries the U.S. is not recommending that American citizens leave Tokyo over radiation concerns.

Press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that U.S. officials have determined that Americans in Japan should follow the same guidance the Japanese government is giving to its citizens.

The Japanese government has warned people within 20 miles of the nuclear reactor complex damaged in the earthquake and tsunami to stay indoors to avoid exposure.

The plant is about 170 miles from Tokyo, where slightly elevated radiation levels were reported. Japanese officials said the increase was too small to threaten people in and around the capital.

Still, Austria said it is moving its embassy from Tokyo to Osaka and France recommended that its citizens leave the Japanese capital.