17,000 Residents Take Part in Nuclear Disaster Exercise in Japan


Fukui, Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)--About 17,000 residents in Fukui, Kyoto and Shiga prefectures took part in the Japanese government's two-day comprehensive nuclear disaster exercise, the Cabinet Office said Sunday.

The exercise that ended Sunday was based on the scenario of serious accidents occurring simultaneously at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s <9503> Oi and Takahama nuclear plants, both in Fukui, following an earthquake.

Sunday's drill involved the Maritime Self-Defense Force's minesweeper tender Bungo, which was deployed some 5 kilometers off Tsuruga port in Fukui.

A prefectural disaster medical assistance team was dispatched to the vessel, where first aid was provided to people who played the roles of the injured taken by helicopter.

In the town of Takahama, 30 residents moved out of the prefecture by a Ground SDF CH-47J helicopter and the MSDF's multipurpose support ship Hiuchi, on the assumption that a potential evacuation route was cut off by a landslide.

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