Authorities in New Mexico in the western U.S. have decided to evacuate the residents of the village of Los Alamos, which threatens fast-spreading wildfires, for the last day which destroyed 30 buildings.
This was announced on Monday held in the building of the local airport press conference with representatives of the District Administration and the National Laboratory, with ongoing research in the nuclear field, the ITAR-TASS news agency.At Los Alamos, and the neighboring village of White Rock has about 18 thousand people. For evacuees makeshift shelter in the village of Hispaniola.Fire spread depends on the strength and direction of the wind. According to the authorities, the fire area can be doubled.
Fire Monitoring engaged crew observations belonging to the laboratory. To help the fire department sent the National Guard. Reactivate the special fund of funds designed to cover 75% of the costs of responding to natural disasters in the state.The front of the fire, as previously reported, is located 1.6 km from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which has an area of 9.3 thousand hectares. Total number of buildings and structures up to 2 thousand, the number of employees — about 11 thousand people.Lab work is temporarily suspended. Inside enacted plan provided in case of an emergency. On duty at the facility only necessary personnel. Rest of the organization has been ordered not to go to work, stay away from the area of the fire and to keep the summary of changes in the situation.
Power of the U.S. state of New Mexico, struggling with massive forest fire, announced the mandatory evacuation of all residents of Los Alamos, where one of the two national laboratories, transfers on Tuesday, Reuters.Previously, local authorities announced a voluntary evacuation for residents of Los Alamos, home to 12,000 people, and temporarily suspended the laboratory.On Monday afternoon blaze was close to the buildings of the Los Alamos laboratory, but its representatives say that the most important parts of the complex, which occupies an area of 11 hectares, out of danger.According to a laboratory Roarke Kevin (Kevin Roark), the enrichment of plutonium are in the north-eastern part of the complex, despite the fact that the fire is moving in a south-easterly direction.According to Roarke, plutonium plant is protected from the risk of fire, and in May 2000, has successfully withstood the natural fire which destroyed several buildings laboratory.Roarke said that the explosives, which the laboratory, stored in underground concrete bunkers.According to preliminary data, in Los Alamos has burned more than 30 buildings.The fire spread to New Mexico, Arizona, where he became the largest in state history, swept over an area of 22,000 hectares.Laboratory in Los Alamos, was founded in 1943, there were secret work on the creation of the atomic bombs that were used against Japan in 1945.At present, the laboratory is one of the largest U.S. centers of science and technology in which research, including in the field of renewable energy, aerospace, medicine, supercomputing, nanotechnology.