Pinoys in Fukushima area, urged to evacuate

On Tuesday, Japan upgraded its nuclear emergency to alert level 7 as workers in the plant try to control overheating reactors. The accident is now at par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, which also reached the highest alert level.

Chief government spokesman Yukio Edano has already expressed concern about radiation “hot spots” even outside the 20 kilometer exclusion zone. 

Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manolo Lopez said there are about 1,000 Filipinos within the 50 kilometer radius. In tandem with the Philippine government, the embassy is ready to evacuate those in the said area.

Some of the Filipinos have already established their lives there, by marrying Japanese nationalities, he explained. He expects, however, not all may decide to evacuate.