(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department said Tuesday that the U.S. is not changing its advice to Americans in Japan after authorities there elevated the level of the nuclear crisis there from 5 to 7.
“There is no change to the U.S. recommendation, that as a precaution, U.S. citizens within that 50-mile zone that we've talked about, 80 kilometers of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, should evacuate the area or take shelter indoors if safe evacuation is not practical,” spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Tuesday.
A senior State Department official says the new level will not alter Clinton’s plans to visit Tokyo on Sunday.
Toner was asked if the change led to any concerns about how Japanese authorities have handled the situation.
“On the contrary, I think we feel that they're monitoring it closely. And as appropriate, they're changing their posture,” he replied.
Toner said he wasn’t sure if there are any Americans remaining within that 50-mile radius around the troubled reactors, but was checking to be sure.
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