As the evacuation zone widened more details have emerged about the meltdown in Fukushima's reactor number one, with revelations the fuel rods probably melted in the hours after the magnitude nine earthquake in March - a fact not discovered until last week.
It was the news the people of Iitate village had been dreading. A touch over 30 kilometres from the Fukushima nuclear plant Iitate is outside the evacuation zone, or it was until now.
"I'm sure most of you have lived in this village all your lives and have never planned on moving," Iitate's mayor Norio Kanno tells residents. "To those of you that I now have to ask to pack up and leave your homes, I am deeply sorry," he says.
About 8,000 residents of Iitate and the nearby village of Kawamata are being asked to move, joining the tens of thousands who've already been forced out of their homes by the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant.
These people will be put up in hotels, public housing and evacuation shelters. No-one knows when they'll be allowed to return.
"It's such an incredible shame to have to leave the house I've lived in for so long," says this woman clutching her grandchildren. "I can't express it in words," she says.
The first to leave were small children and pregnant women. Thousands more will follow in the coming days.
Because of wind patterns Iitate and nearby communities have been swathed in high radiation and authorities aren't willing to let people stay any longer.
As these new evacuations began, more news filtered out about the meltdown of fuel rods at Fukushima's reactor number one.
It appears that the rods melted just hours after the earthquake and tsunami struck two months ago. The melted material then dropped to the bottom of the pressure vessel at the core.
Authorities now believe the fuel rods could have been exposed to the air for as long as 14 hours.
After the operator of the plant, TEPCO, told the Japanese people that things were stabilising at Fukushima, it's now clear they knew far less about the situation than they were willing to admit.