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Temple U. Will Evacuate 200 From Tokyo Campus After State Dept. Warning

March 17, 2011

Temple University is evacuating students from its campus here after the U.S. State Department issued a warning about elevated radioactivity in Tokyo from the nuclear reactors damaged in last week's earthquake and tsunami.

The university's decision came amid a desperate battle to prevent the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, about 150 miles northeast of the city, from going into meltdown.

Temple said on Thursday that about 200 American students and staff members from its campus in Japan would be pulled out of the country, and possibly go to Hong Kong.

The Tokyo campus—the oldest foreign university in Japan—already announced this week that it had canceled all classes following last Friday's natural disasters.

The State Department warning is likely to influence the decisions of other universities with students in Japan. The University of Kansas also announced on Thursday that it was pulling 10 of its students out of the country. And the University of South Florida made a similar announcement about its six students there. Japan's academic year begins in April, so most universities are in recess.