Evacuation warnings for Tokyo increase

by William ASTON on March 17, 2011

The UK Foreign Office has advised citizens to make their way out of Tokyo as conditions continue to worsen at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant. Brits have been advised to either make their way to the south of Japan or leave the country altogether as news a heightened radiation levels were released.

In a more decisive move, the French government has advised its citizens to evacuate completely and stop overs for Air France flights have been changed. Other international airlines have followed suit or cancelled their Tokyo routes until further notice.

Yesterday the Fukushima plant experienced its third explosion and a fire. The facility was very badly damaged by the Tsunami that followed Friday’s devastating earthquake. Around 3,000 people have so far been confirmed dead with the death toll currently estimated at 10,000.

Attempts to cool the overheated nuclear reactor with sea water have so far yielded little result, but engineers continue to work around the clock to try and control Fukushima’s three reactors. An attempt to drop sea water onto the plant from above using helicopters had to be abandoned this morning, however, as the radiation levels and high winds made the mission too dangerous.

The plant was abandoned completely yesterday, after the third explosion, and sprayed with water from afar. Workers are, however, now back in their protective clothing. In a rare event, the country’s emperor has taken to the airways to appeal for calm.

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