Japan to limit access to zone near nuke plant, but when, where, and how?

Authorities were considering restricting access to the evacuation zone around Japans crippled nuclear plant Wednesday to limit radiation exposure to residents who may want to return to their homes.

"We are considering setting up caution areas as an option for effectively limiting entry" to the zone, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said.It was unclear when the ban might be imposed.

About 70,000-80,000 people were living in the 10 towns and villages within 12 miles 20 kilometers of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, which has been leaking radiation after a March 11 earthquake and tsunami wrecked its power and cooling systems.

Tokyo Electric Power Co., the nuclear plants operator, has begun pumping highly radioactive water from the basement of one of its turbine buildings to a makeshift storage area in a crucial step toward enabling work on restoring the cooling systems.

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