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They'd been evacuated once already, pushed from pillar to post, and told that everything was fine. Now the truth was out, and they were fleeing, in their thousands.
No food on the shelves in Tokyo for a few days. Prices are skyrocketing. Can't buy gas for your car. No news from the Government in Japan that is helpful. Japanese and Foreigners are worried and leaving Tokyo buy the plane load. We are so worried about the radiation leak but have to think for ourselves and do what we think is the right thing to do because the Japanese news stations are on a no tell agenda.
I can not comment on Tokyo, but in Kamakura, food is scarce in most stores.
I`m from Tokyo and agree with TheMath. Food is gone from most supermarkets. No Bottled water, veggies ,meat and especially milk. I have to eat Ramen and Noodle for few days as I couldn`t get any in the market. As day goes by Tokyo people are loosing confidence in Naoto Kan and his updates.
I live in Shinjukju, central Tokyo there is food but basics such as bread, milk and easy to cook food like cup noodles are hard to get at the moment.
friend of mine in a suburb of tokyo says perishable foods are still on shelves, but longlasting food, i.e. canned, instant, etc., is pretty much gone from shelves. also noted grocery store lines are ridiculously long.
@TheMath I live in Chiba, and the same is happening to me. Food aisles are empty, as is diapers and toilet paper.
@TheMath This is not true, I went to the supermarket in Toyosu this afternoon and there was plenty of everything except instant noodles. There are shortages of bottled water, bread, milk, eggs and similar but not a big problem as of now.
Here in northern Saitama, there was more on the shelves today than yesterday or the day before
There is no food shortage in Tokyo, people are not leaving en masse - by the plane load perhaps (expats for example) but this is a city of over 10 million. There are shortages in bread, milk and some dry foods, but to say 'no food on the shelves' is totally inaccurate.
Yes... I live in central Tokyo and certain stores have been picked clean of certain items. For example bread, milk, etc. and canned goods. In the denki-yas they have been picked clean of stuff like batteries, flashlights, etc. Then in the kusuri-yas those have been picked clean of stuff like TP, first aid goods, etc. I think this is mostly panic buying. Provided supply chains have truly not been impacted and the hording stops things should start to recover. Hopefully...
A computer system that forecasts the spread of radioactivity has not been working due to malfunctioning monitoring posts around a troubled nuclear power plant in quake-hit Fukushima Prefecture.
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says it does not know when the system will be back in operation.
The system, called SPEEDI, predicts how radioactive substances will spread in case of radiation leakage from nuclear power plants, based on measurements taken at various locations, prevailing winds and other weather conditions.
SPEEDI data are intended to be used to draw up evacuation plans for residents around power plants in case of accidents.
The system is monitored at government offices, including the industry ministry and the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency in Tokyo.
The agency says it cannot expect the SPEEDI system to function fully, since many monitoring posts are not operating due to power outages.
1219: Thailand's health ministry says that from Thursday it will give free potassium iodide tablets to travellers flying to Tokyo from airports in Bangkok and Phuket, AP reports. The substance protects the thyroid gland against cancer by blocking absorption of radioactive iodine. Supplies in Japan are reportedly already running short.
1232: The BBC's Chris Hogg, in Tokyo, says that, as authorities struggle with various methods of cooling the nuclear plant, it feels like they are running out of options. Radiation levels in the capital, he says, are higher than normal but way below what would present a risk to human health. But still, he says, the country remains deeply uneasy.
I would guess that they don't need a lot of those pills....
Thailand said they will be giving people traveling to Tokyo free potassium iodide
NHK reports from people in the evacuation zone in Myagi Prefecture that they are not receiving supplies, and are being told no buses can come to evacuate and that they feel they are being left to die.
Originally posted by AstraCat
There was an image with all reactors numbered, but I can't find it now.
accoridng to this image there is one "non-damaged" building, is it #2? Didn't it explode too?
Originally posted by TribeOfManyColours
Update 13.59 pm: The fear of reactors 5 and 6 of the Fukushima nuclear plant Dai'ichi, who always seemed perfectly safe because they are turned off for months, the last hours increasing. Read an extensive article on nrc.nl.
German magazine Der Spiegel reports on its website: In spite of the situation getting worse, Japan is not allowing a team of russian veteran experts who helped to cope with the Chernobyl accident into the country. The Rosatom team is waiting on standby in Chabarovsk.
NEWS ADVISORY: Water injection into ponds at No. 3, No. 4 reactors priority: agency (22:32)
NEWS ADVISORY: Spent fuel pool at No. 3 reactor heated, emitting steam: nuke agency (22:27)