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April 1st, 2011
09:28 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Homeless in Japan for Months

A group evacuated from Fukushima at a makeshift shelter in the city of Yokote, Akita prefectur .

A group evacuated from Fukushima at a makeshift shelter in the city of Yokote, Akita prefectur .

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tens of thousands of people evacuated from a 12-mile area around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant may not be allowed home for months.

"The evacuation period is going to be longer than we wanted it to be," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said about the 78,000 people who lived closest to the plant.

Meanwhile, a second test shows no radioactive contamination of beef in Japan. Health officials announced Friday that earlier testing showing some contamination was wrong.

High radiation levels at the plant are still causing concern. Workers can't find the source.

Crews have sprayed more than 500 gallons of synthetic resin, a substance used to contain radioactive particles.

There’s also word that the world's largest cement pumps will be shipped to Japan aboard transport planes.

The giant trucks with powerful pumps and flexible arms can be used to fire cement to seal the site.

In 1986, the same equipment was used entomb Chernobyl's melted core reactor.

Tom Foreman will use our data wall to show you how the specialized trucks could be used in Japan.

We'll also talk with our reporters in Libya where opposition leaders revealed their conditions for a cease-fire.

Among their key demands: regime change in Libya, and the removal of snipers.

But the Libyan government isn't backing down.

"They are asking us to withdraw from our own cities, and open our cities to people who are holding up arms, who are tribal, violent, no unified leadership," Libyan government spokesman Musa Ibrahim said.

"If this is not mad, then I don't know what it is," he added.

We also have amazing video of a dog rescued from the roof of a house afloat in the sea in Japan three weeks after the quake and tsunami hit.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET.


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  1. Kitty Kelso

    We must put an end to the homeless situation in Japan. The situation is worse, and has contaminated their soil, their meats, and any other crops. New crops to be planted will be contaminated and dangerous. We must begin to plan for evacuation soon as possible. We have radiation levels in our State of Illinois since yesterday. The power plants must be taken down; strategically by flyers issuing exact missiles which will create towers to fall into sea, and the radiating core covered and cooled by that same sea. Eventually, cement can be dropped into the areas, where the core exists. All four sites are contaminated and will never be activated again. Letting this poison continue to float via clouds across the world is like watching the oil of BP ruin an entire gulf economy. Perhaps, some of Japan could be saved. For now, the good people must be removed to safe ground until all leaks and possible leaks of radiation have been stopped. I am sad for the poison to fall into the sea; but, it will dissapate, and eventually stop the damage when cement dropped secures the leaks. Japan you are a strong and brave people. We will help in all ways possible; but, you must know the world is at stake already. This is the worse situation possible for us all.

    April 1, 2011 at 10:11 pm |