March 15, 2011 02:30

Today our hearts remain with our Japanese friends who, after suffering this
devastating tragedy just four days ago, have to undertake recovery and
reconstruction and address the ongoing nuclear emergency.

We understand that many of you are anxious and have questions in the shadow
of the Fukushima emergency, since we are in the midst of a complex,
constantly changing, and unpredictable situation.  In this fluid situation,
our commitment to our citizens is to accumulate accurate information and
assess it sufficiently in order to make important judgments.

Since the first reports of trouble with the reactors, American nuclear
experts have worked around the clock to analyze data, monitor developments,
and provide clear assessments on the potential dangers.  While at times we
have had only limited access to information, I am personally committed to
assuring that our experts have as much access and information as possible,
and the necessary resources to understand the situation.  I have personally
been deeply engaged in these efforts.

After a careful analysis of data, radiation levels, and damage assessments
of all units at Fukushima, our experts are in agreement with the response
and measures taken by Japanese technicians, including their recommended
20kms radius for evacuation and additional shelter-in-place recommendations
out to 30kms.

Let me also address reports of very low levels of radiation outside the
evacuation area detected by U.S. and Japanese sensitive instrumentation.
This bears very careful monitoring, which we are doing.  If we assess that
the radiation poses a threat to public health, we will share that
information and provide relevant guidance immediately.

The United States will continue to work around the clock to provide precise
and up-to-date information supported by expert analysis to ensure the safety
and security of our citizens and to help Japan in its time of great need.
U.S. citizens in need of emergency assistance should send an e-mail to with detailed information about their location
and contact information, and monitor the U.S. Department of State website at