An independent study in Japan showed it would take at least 12 or more hours to evacuate a 30km zone around nuclear power plants studied. From the initial disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, residents of nearby Futaba were still trying to evacuate more than 24 hours after the initial alert at the plant. They were still trying to get patients out of the hospital days later. Various sources estimate the unit 1 meltdown was already underway 4-7 hours after the station blackout. Unit 1 exploded less than 24 hours after the initial alert.
Under one scenario run in Japan it would take over 6 days to complete the evacuation under conditions where roads were heavily damaged.
“Those people living near the Hamaoka Nuclear Power Station in Shizuoka Prefecture would likely need about six days to move out of the 30-kilometer zone, the research findings show.”
A recent disaster drill near Kashwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant sent fleeing citizens directly into the fallout plume.
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