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While assuring Americans publicly that there was no danger, the NRC did not disclose one worst-case scenario, which did not rule out the possibility of radiation exceeding safe levels for thyroid doses in Alaska, the e-mails show.
It comes after a secret report by the Japanese government revealed last month that tens of millions of people may have had to be evacuated if the worst-case scenario hit Fukushima.
The 15-page internal document, which was not released over fears of widespread panic, cast doubt on whether the Japanese government could have coped with an evacuation on such an unprecedented scale.
Written on March 25, two weeks after the tsunami devastated the power plant, causing three reactors to melt down and generating hydrogen explosions that blew away protective structures, it revealed contingencies that would have required evacuation orders for residents within a 105-mile radius of the plant, including the whole of Tokyo.