Summarized by Kent Larsen
Newsflash: Missionaries in Japan safe but confined to house (Accident 'a crisis waiting to occur')
Deseret News 1Oct99 D1
By Reuters News Service
TOKYO, JAPAN -- In the wake of the worst nuclear accident since the
Chernobyl disaster 13 years ago, residents of the area near a
Japanese uranium processing plant in Tokaimura, Japan are emerging
from their homes and radiation levels are returning to normal. During
the accident, radiation levels had reached 4,000 times normal.
Preliminary examination of the facts surrounding the accident
suggests that the cause was failure to observe written protocols for
handling radioactive material.
Missionaries in the area are safe, however, according to reports from
the LDS Church. Because of the nature of the disaster, local LDS
Church officials have temporarily advised the four LDS missionaries
living near the plant to stay indoors until further notice.