The Pentagon's Plan for Nuclear Crisis in Japan - Is There One?

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Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex

The United States government and the Japanese government are at odds in their evacuation orders, according to the New York Times. Japan is calling for an evacuation for everyone living within a 12-mile radius of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, while the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission has a mandatory evacuation order for all U.S. citizens (including the military) within a 50-mile radius of the plant.

The Stars and Stripes has an outstanding round up of information on how the nuclear crisis in Japan is affecting our troops, both the servicemembers stationed over there, and those recently sent to Japan for relief efforts. You would think the Pentagon is going by an established plan when deciding troop movements near the nuclear plant. Yet:

Those commanders wouldn't talk on the record to the Stars and Stripes, and referred all questions to Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan, who said of radiation exposure levels:

So far, according to the Stars and Stripes:

For some visuals on this story, here's a report from the Associated Press on the evacuations:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnnKF6H09rg