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Brazilians in Japan urged to leave outskirts of Fukushima power plant

03-15-2011 11:52 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 14 (Xinhua) -- The Brazilian embassy in Japan on Monday urged Brazilian nationals to follow the Japanese government's orders and leave the region near the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which were severely damaged by a 9-magnitude earthquake last week, local media reported.

The Japanese government ordered the evacuation of 20 km around the power plant. Due to the danger in Fukushima, Japan is currently in a state of nuclear emergency.

According to the embassy, only a few Brazilians live in the Fukushima prefecture and the majority of the 254,000 Brazilians living in Japan reside in the southern part of the country.

So far, there has been no reports of any Brazilian casualties from the devastating earthquake and the ensuing tsunami.

Hours after the great earthquake last Friday, the Brazilian embassy in Tokyo and the consulates in Nagoya and Hamamatsu set up hotlines and a special scheme to facilitate contacts between the citizens living in Japan and their families in Brazil, as communications are still difficult in the country.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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