Japanese authorities are considering implementing a mandatory evacuation zone around Fukushima Nuclear Plant, according to the AP.
The current 19-mile evacuation zone is only a recommendation.
Although most people have left the area, some have occasionally returned to check their homes and collect their belongings.
Japan has been notoriously slow to expand the evacuation zone: Late to implement a 10-mile limit; very late to implement at 19-mile limit; and now late to implement a mandatory limit.
At the nuclear plant, the situation looks stable but protracted. Over time more and more radiation will accrue in the surrounding area.
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