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21 July 2011

Gov't to announce new 'hot spots' near Fukushima plant within days

The government will announce new ''hot spots'' recommended for evacuation near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant possibly ''within the next couple of days,'' Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Thursday.

Late last month, for the first time since the nuclear crisis was triggered by the March earthquake and tsunami, the government designated about 100 households in the city of Date in Fukushima Prefecture as being located in the so-called hot spots, where radiation levels are sporadically higher than other locations nearby.

The annual level of radiation is estimated to top 20 millisieverts in the spots and the government, as well as local authorities, is prepared to assist those who wish to evacuate from there.

- Kyodo