March 17, 2011 / 3:46 PM / 9 years ago

Britons told to stay at least 80km from Fukushima

LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) - Britain has advised its citizens in Japan to stay at least 80 km (50 miles) from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant.

The Foreign Office described the request as an additional precautionary measure and said it was in line with advice issued by the U.S. government to its citizens.

“Any British nationals currently within 80 km of the facility are advised to leave the area or take shelter indoors if they are unable to travel,” it said in a statement on Thursday.

Japan’s government has told people within 30 km (18 miles) of the plant to stay indoors.

Britain on Wednesday advised its citizens to consider leaving Tokyo and the area north of the capital because of the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

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