Japan Tsunami – Foreign Office advice
March 14th, 2011 by elisa

The end of last week saw scenes reminiscent of a disaster movie as a huge 8.9 earthquake struck off the north-east coast of Japan and caused a tsunami which devastated all in its path, killing as many as 10,000 people so far. Not only this, but a nuclear power plant was damaged in the quake causing an explosion requiring seawater to be used to try to cool it down.

The Japanese government have declared a state of emergency as fears grow of a nuclear meltdown.

The UK Foreign Office is advising Brits against all but essential travel to north eastern Japan and Tokyo as the country struggles to cope with the devastation. Yesterday the Japanese Metrological Association said that there is a 70% chance of a 7.0 or greater earthquake in the next three days which could trigger another tsunami and aftershocks.

On its website, the FCO said of the nuclear power plan in Fukushima: “There is a 20km exclusion zone around the facility, which we continue to urge British nationals to observe.

“This is consistent with the severity of the reported incident, with the independent information that we have, and with international practice. We will keep this under constant review.”

It added that its emergency helpline has taken more than 4700 calls so far.

All international flights into the country are operating as normal although transportation within Japan is disrupted. Japan Rail trains from Tokyo station are not operating or are delayed and the Narita Express services are also cancelled. The Tokyo metro is working at reduced capacity, Bullet trains and the Tokyo monorail, however, are running as normal.


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