YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The U.S. military authorized voluntary evacuations of eligible family members of Defense Department personnel Thursday from bases in mainland Japan following increasing worries over nuclear reactors damaged in the country’s largest recorded earthquake.
☆Nearly 8,000 military family members signed up to evacuate Japan
Atsugi plans to move out 2,000 residents, who were prioritized into four categories, with top priority given to pregnant women.
☆U.S. Authorizes First Evacuations of Americans From Japan Over Fears of Nuclear Crisis
The State Department says the first U.S. evacuation flight has left Japan Thursday and heading to Taiwan with about 100 people on board.