US starts evacuating some Americans out of Japan (AP) – 402th Edition

17 03 2011

In this March 15, 2011 photo released by US Navy, Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class Zack DelCorte, holding boxes, assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4, currently embarked with the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), hands bottled water to a Japanese citizen at a northeastern coastal city of Japan affected by Friday's tsunami. Ships and aircraft from the Ronald Reagan Strike Group are conducting Search and Rescue (SAR) operations and resupply missions throughout northern Japan’s affected areas in support of Operation Tomodachi which means 'Friends' in Japanese. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Kevin B. Gray) EDITORIAL USE ONLY, CREDIT MANDATORY, NO SALESAP – The Obama administration has authorized the first evacuations of Americans out of Japan, and said it will charter aircraft to help U.S. citizens wishing to escape elevated radiation levels in the country.

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