Thursday, July 21, 2011

U.S. Updates Travel Alert for Japan - Sendai Airport Considered Safe

The U.S. State Department updated its travel alert for Japan to note that the health and safety risks associated with the use of Sendai Airport are low. Sendai is the Japanese city closest to the area hit by the earthquake and tsunami. While the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi plant remains serious and dynamic, according to the State Department, the health and safety risks to land areas which are outside a 50-mile radius of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are low and do not pose significant risks to U.S. citizens.

Following an assessment by U.S. government scientists, the U.S. Government has updated its recommendation for Sendai Airport, located near the outer boundary of the 50-mile evacuation zone, where data indicates long term radiation exposure is low. The U.S. government believes the health and safety risks associated with the use of Sendai Airport are low. Similarly, the U.S. government considers the health and safety risks associated with the use of the main rail and road routes from Sendai Airport to Sendai City center, including Route 258 from the airport to Route 25, and Route 25 to the Tohoku Expressway, as low. The airport and these routes are located on the border of, or just within, the 50-mile radius from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

For the latest U.S. Government information on the situation in Japan, visit the U.S. embassy website at http://japan.usembassy.gov. Updated information on travel and security in Japan may also be obtained from the Department of State by calling 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444.