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US Military Considering Mandatory Evacuations in Yokosuka as Radiation Levels Rise


“The U.S. military is considering the mandatory evacuation of thousands of American troops and their families in Japan out of concern over rising radiation levels, a senior defense official tells CNN.

The official, who did not want to be on the record talking about ongoing deliberations, says there are no discussions to evacuate all U.S. troops across the country. The talks have focused exclusively on U.S. troops in Yokosuka, just south of Tokyo, the official said. Yokosuka is home to America’s largest naval base in Japan. The military is monitoring radiation levels on a constant basis.

As of Monday, the U.S. Navy had no more warships in port at the base. The aircraft carrier USS George Washington, which had been undergoing maintenance in Yokosuka, left port Monday in order to get away from the plume of radioactive particles that could blow over the base. Because it left port with a much smaller than normal crew, the George Washington will not take part in the Japanese relief effort.

The official said the talks originated with Pacific Command, the military authority that directly oversees U.S. troops in the region, but ‘discussions have since taken place here in Washington as well.”  Read more.

  1. JJJHS
    06/18/2012 at 12:17 AM

    This is/was an interesting one strategically…

    Who would the military trust as far as radiation levels? Would they perform a test themselves? What if these numbers are/were different than TEPCO’s? Where is the EPA on this one?

    If the US left Japan, what defense would Japan have? If the US left Japan, would the NAVY need to beef up in S. Korea? How would China view this if so and would they feel threatened?

    A very tangled situation indeed!

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