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Sunday 21 December 2014

Japanese fears of nuclear meltdown are at fever pitch

A radiation detector marks 0.6 microsieverts, exceeding normal day data Tuesday March 15, 2011, near Shibuya train station in Tokyo, four days after a strong earthquake damaged a nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan
A radiation detector is used near Shibuya train station in Tokyo
Pharmacist Donna Barsky measures potassium iodide for a prescription at the Texas Star Pharmacy on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 in Plano, Texas. The pharmacy has been receiving an unusually high number of calls about potassium iodide from people who are afraid radiation from the Japan nuclear crisis will reach the U.S. Health agencies in California and western Canada warned Tuesday that there's no reason for people an ocean away to suddenly stock up on potassium iodide, even as some key suppliers say they're back-ordered and getting panicked calls from would-be customers. (AP Photo/Richard Matthews)
Debris is seen through an area damaged by tsunami after a 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck on March 11 off the coast of north-eastern Japan, on March 15, 2011 in Sendai, Japan. The quake struck offshore at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to 10 metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan. The death toll continues to rise with fears that the official death count could well reach up to 10,000 in "the most tragic event in Japanese history since World War Two". (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
Members of a Korean rescue team walk through an area damaged by earthquake and tsunami after a 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck on March 11 off the coast of north-eastern Japan, on March 15, 2011 in Sendai, Japan. The quake struck offshore at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to 10 metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan. The death toll continues to rise with fears that the official death count could well reach up to 10,000 in "the most tragic event in Japanese history since World War Two".
Local residents walk through an area damaged by tsunami after a 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck on March 11 off the coast of north-eastern Japan, on March 15, 2011 in Sendai, Japan. The quake struck offshore at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to 10 metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan. The death toll continues to rise with fears that the official death count could well reach up to 10,000 in "the most tragic event in Japanese history since World War Two"
A local resident clears up in the area damaged by tsunami after a 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck on March 11 off the coast of north-eastern Japan, on March 15, 2011 in Sendai, Japan. The quake struck offshore at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to 10 metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan. The death toll continues to rise with fears that the official death count could well reach up to 10,000 in "the most tragic event in Japanese history since World War Two".
A clock that appears to indicate the time when a tsunami struck lies among the rubble in the city of Kesennuma, northeastern Japan, on Tuesday March 15, 2011. The Japanese characters read: "40th Anniversary of Foundation."
An official wearing a protective suit helps usher people through a radiation emergency scanning center in Koriyama, Japan, Tuesday, March 15, 2011, four days after a giant quake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
The damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility in Japan (AP)
Rescuers continue to pull survivors from the rubble following the earthquake in Japan (AP)
Smoke rises from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant's Unit 3 (AP)
Upon hearing another tsunami warning, a father tries to flee for safety with his just reunited four-month-old baby girl who was spotted by Japan's Self-Defense Force member in the rubble of tsunami-torn Ishinomaki Monday, March 14, 2011, three days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit northeast Japan.
The damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility in Japan (AP)
Workers remove the rubble in the earthquake and flood het area Monday, March 14, 2011 in Kesennuma, northern Japan following Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
Vehicles are left on a flooded street in Watari, Miyagi, northern Japan Monday, March 14, 2011 following Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
Firefighters and rescuers conduct their operations in Watari, Miyagi, northern Japan Monday, March 14, 2011 following Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
Rescue workers run through rubble for the higher place in Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan, upon hearing a tsunami warning Sunday, March 13, 2011, two days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. (AP Photo/The Yumiuri Shimbun) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY
Damaged platforms for bullet trains are seen in Sendai, northern Japan Monday, March 14, 2011 following Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano speaks during a press conference about planned blackouts in Tokyo and other cities, and the second hydrogen explosion at Dai-ichi nuclear plant, in Tokyo Monday, March 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
This Nov. 15, 2009 photo provided by GeoEye shows the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex in Japan. An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck Japan on March 11, 2011, causing a tsunami that devastated the region. Four nuclear plants in northeastern Japan have reported damage, but the danger Monday appeared to be greatest at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex, where one explosion occurred over the weekend and a second was feared. (AP Photo/GeoEye) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES
In this March 12, 2011 photo provided by the U.S. Navy, an SH-60B helicopter assigned to the Chargers of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS) 14 from Naval Air Facility Atsugi flies over the city of Sendai, Japan to deliver more than 1,500 pounds of food to survivors of an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and a tsunami. The citizens of Ebina City, Japan, donated the food, and HS-14 is supporting earthquake and tsunami relief operations in Japan as directed. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)
Residents head to search for missing people in Yamada, northern Japan Monday, March 14, 2011 following Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
Smoke rise from an oil refinery on fire following a tsunami triggered by a strong earthquake in Tagajo, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
A helicopter from fire department searches over the debris of a destroyed house Monday, March 14, 2011 in Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan following Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
The No. 1 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, is seen at left, with its upper part of the walls blown off after an explosion in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture (state), northeastern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Mainichi Shimbun, Taichi Kaizuka) JAPAN OUT NO SALES ONLINE OUT MANDATORY CREDIT
Rubble is scattered across the wide areas of the town of Minami Sanriku, northeastern Japan, on Sunday March 13, 2011, two days after a powerful earthquake and tsunami hit the the country's northeastern coast. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING ALLOWED IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
A man holds his baby as they are scanned for levels of radiation in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011. Friday's quake and tsunami damaged two nuclear reactors at a power plant in the prefecture, and at least one of them appeared to be going through a partial meltdown, raising fears of a radiation leak. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
A man climbs out the window of his heavily damaged home Monday, March 14, 2011, in Yotsukura, Japan, three days after a giant quake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
A woman walks past a damaged car Moday, March 14, 2011, in Yotsukura, Japan, three days after a giant quake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
A man, with his face covered to protect against dust, looks out at the damage Monday, March 14, 2011, in Yotsukura, Japan, three days after a giant quake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
A residents of the seaside town of Yotsukura, northern Japan, walks past damaged homes Monday, March 14, 2011, three days after a giant quake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
A resident of the seaside town of Yotsukura, northern Japan, carries his bike through debris Monday, March 14, 2011, three days after a giant quake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Residents of the seaside town of Yotsukura, northern Japan, inspect under their car as they clear debris from their homes Monday, March 14, 2011, three days after a giant quake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
A resident of the seaside town of Yotsukura, northern Japan, clears debris from his home Monday, March 14, 2011, three days after a giant quake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
ALTERNATE CROP AND CAPTION ADDITION - A mother strokes the head of her dead daughter as she and her husband look at the body of their daughter they found in a courtesy vehicle of a driving school that's smashed by a tsunami at Yamamoto, northeastern Japan, on Saturday March 12, 2011, a day after a giant earthquake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
This combo made from images provided by GeoEye shows an area of Natori, Japan on April 4, 2010, left, and March 12, 2011, after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck causing a tsunami that devastated the region. (AP Photo/GeoEye) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES.
A parent and child react as they search for missing relatives through debris caused by Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami, in Kamaishi, northern Japan Sunday, March 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Asahi Shimbun, Toshiyuki Hayashi) JAPAN OUT, NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT
People walk to receive water supply through a street with the rubble Monday March 14, 2011 in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan following Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
A fishing boat sits inland in Kesennuma, northern Japan Monday, March 14, 2011 following Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
Members of Japan Self-Defense Forces rescue people stranded at a flooded city center in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011, two days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
No. 3 unit of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, is seen, 2nd from right, with unit 1 reactor, left, with its top part of walls blown off after Saturday's explosion seen in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture (state) , northern Japan Monday, March 14, 2011. Japanese officials say they believe a hydrogen explosion has occurred at the nuclear plant, similar to an earlier one at a different unit in the facility. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
People put away cans containing beer and juice swept out from a beer factory in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011, two days after a powerful earthquake and tsunami hit the country's east coast. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
People walk amid the rubble in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011, two days after the powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
A man walks amid the rubble in Minamisanriku town, Iwate prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011, two days after a powerful earthquake and tsunami hit the country's east coast. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
This Arpil 4, 2010 image released by GeoEye shows an area of Ishinomaki, Japan. An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck Japan on March 11, 2011, causing a tsunami that devastated the region. (AP Photo/GeoEye) SEE NY231 FOR SIMILAR IMAGE AFTER EARTHQUAKE. MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES.
A man watches a coastal area from a building where he took shelter in Tamura, Iwate, northern Japan as tsunami warning was issued Monday, March 14, 2011 following Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
A car sits on top of a small building in a destroyed neighborhood in Sendai, Japan, on Sunday, March 13, 2011 after it was washed into the area by the tsunami that hit northeastern Japan. AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
Young residents of the seaside town of Toyoma, northern Japan, walk amongst the debris around their homes Monday, March 14, 2011, three days after a giant quake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - The hand of a man killed sits among concrete sea barriers Monday, March 14, 2011, in Toyoma, northern Japan, three days after a giant quake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
A statue is all that remains of a house in the seaside town of Toyoma, northern Japan, Monday, March 14, 2011, three days after a giant quake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Residents of the seaside town of Toyoma, northern Japan, carry belongings from their homes Monday, March 14, 2011, three days after a giant quake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
This image made from Japan's NHK public television via Kyodo News shows the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant's Unit 3 after an explosion Monday morning, March 14, 2011, in Okumamachi, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan. Japan's chief cabinet secretary said a hydrogen explosion has occurred at Unit 3. The blast was similar to an earlier one at a different unit of the facility. (AP Photo/NHK TV via Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES, TV OUT, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALE IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
Police officers from Hyogo Prefecture search missing persons in the rubble in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan Monday, March 14, 2011 following Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
CORRECTS WHOLE CAPTION - Patients at a hospital wait to be evacuated without medicine and electricity in Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture (state) Sunday, March 13, 2011, two days after a strong earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Yasuhiro Takami) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY
A couple walk along the rubble at a residential area in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011, two days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. (AP Photo/The Yumiuri Shimbun) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY
Gutted vehicles and the rubble is seen in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011, two days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
In this 1999 file photo, Unit 3 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is seen in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture. Japan's chief cabinet secretary says a hydrogen explosion has occurred at Unit 3 Monday, March 14, 2011. The blast was similar to an earlier one at a different unit of the facility. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
People walk in the rubble in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011, two days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. (AP Photo/The Yumiuri Shimbun) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY
SHIROISHI, JAPAN - MARCH 13, 2011: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by U.S. Military prior to transmission.) In this handout image provided by U.S. Navy, sailors assigned to the Chargers of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS-14) deliver 1,500 pounds of food on March 13, 2011 to residents of Shiroishi City in the Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. The citizens of Ebina City, Japan, donated the food, and HS-14 is providing humanitarian assistance in support of earthquake and tsunami relief operations in Japan as directed. An earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale has hit the northeast coast of Japan causing tsunami alerts throughout countries bordering the Pacific Ocean. (Photo by Oscar Sosa/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
SENDAI, JAPAN - MARCH 14: A local resident tries to approach a car left abandoned in the area damaged by tsunami after a 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck on March 11 off the coast of north-eastern Japan, on March 14, 2011 in Sendai, Japan. The quake struck offshore at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to 10 metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan. The death toll is currently unknown, with fears that the current hundreds dead may well run into thousands. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
SENDAI, JAPAN - MARCH 14: A worker operates a power shovel to remove trees after a 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck on March 11 off the coast of north-eastern Japan, on March 14, 2011 in Sendai, Japan. The quake struck offshore at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to 10 metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan. The death toll is currently unknown, with fears that the current hundreds dead may well run into thousands. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
SENDAI, JAPAN - MARCH 14: Members of the Ground Self-Defense Forces help a man evacuate the area when a warning of tsunami is issued after a 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck on March 11 off the coast of north-eastern Japan, on March 14, 2011 in Sendai, Japan. The quake struck offshore at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to 10 metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan. The death toll is currently unknown, with fears that the current hundreds dead may well run into thousands. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
SENDAI, JAPAN - MARCH 14: Members of a rescue team climb into a house after a warning of tsunami is issued after a 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck on March 11 off the coast of north-eastern Japan, on March 14, 2011 in Sendai, Japan. The quake struck offshore at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to 10 metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan. The death toll is currently unknown, with fears that the current hundreds dead may well run into thousands. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
SENDAI, JAPAN - MARCH 14: A local resident rests as she evacuates an area after a 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck on March 11 off the coast of north-eastern Japan, on March 14, 2011 in Sendai, Japan. The quake struck offshore at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to 10 metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan. The death toll is currently unknown, with fears that the current hundreds dead may well run into thousands. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
SENDAI, JAPAN - MARCH 14: Members of the Ground Self-Defense Forces help a man evacuate the area when a warning of tsunami is issued after a 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck on March 11 off the coast of north-eastern Japan, on March 14, 2011 in Sendai, Japan. The quake struck offshore at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to 10 metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan. The death toll is currently unknown, with fears that the current hundreds dead may well run into thousands. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
SENDAI, JAPAN - MARCH 14: Local residents walk through an area damaged by a tsunami after a 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck on March 11 off the coast of north-eastern Japan, on March 14, 2011 in Sendai, Japan. The quake struck offshore at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to 10 metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan. The death toll is currently unknown, with fears that the current hundreds dead may well run into thousands. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
ALTERNATE CROP OF TOK890 OF MARCH 13, 2011 - Futaba Kosei Hospital patients are assisted by Japan Self Defense Force personnel as they disembark from a helicopter in the compound of Fukushima Gender Equality Centre in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Sunday morning, March 13, 2011 after being evacuated from the hospital in Futaba town near the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex. They might have been exposed to radiation while waiting for evacuation when an explosion of Unit 1 reactor of the complex blew off the top part of its walls on Saturday, one day after a strong earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Daisuke Tomita) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY
Boy carries bottles of water amid debris in Kesennuma, northern Japan Monday, March 14, 2011 following Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE, CORRECTS DATE PHOTO TAKEN
In this video image taken from NTV Japan via APTN, smoke rises from Unit 1 of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okumamachi, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011. Government spokesman Yukio Edano said the explosion destroyed the exterior walls of the building where the reactor is placed, but not the metal housing enveloping the nuclear reactor, however the government has ordered the evacuation of all people within a 12-miles radius of the plant
A car leans against a wire from an electric pole in Miyako, northeastern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011, one day after an 8.9-magnitude quake and the tsunami it spawned hit the country's northeastern coast
White smokes rise from still burning house in Yamadamachi in Iwate Prefecture (state), northern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011, one day after a strong earthquake-triggered devastating tsunami hit the area
An elderly man is carried by a Self-Defense Force member in the tsunami-torn Natori city, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, Saturday morning, March 12, 2011, one day after strong earthquakes hit the area
Houses are in flames while the Natori river is flooded over the surrounding area by tsunami tidal waves in Natori city, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, March 11, 2011, after strong earthquakes hit the area
In this image made from Japan's NHK television, a house is sticks out from scattered debris as the area is submerged in Minami Soma, Fukushima prefecture (state), Friday, March 11, 2011 after a ferocious tsunami unleashed by Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coasts
A bride and groom from Japan walk in the lobby of the Sheration Waikiki Hotel, Friday, March 11, 2011 in Honolulu. A ferocious tsunami unleashed by Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it carried away ships, cars and homes, and triggered widespread fires that burned out of control. Hours later, the waves washed ashore on Hawaii and the U.S. West coast, where evacuations were ordered from California to Washington but little damage was reported
An aerial view shows residential area affected by tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan Saturday, March 12, 2011 after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday
SAN FRANCISCO - MARCH 11: (L - R) Leighana Murphy and Ted Lanpher walk across a portion of a beach between tsunami surges on March 11, 2011 in Half Moon Bay, California. A tsunami warning for Northern California has been issued and a voluntary evacuation is in effect in Half Moon Bay. (Photo by Kim White/Getty Images)
Black smoke raises from a building during a fire in Tokyo after one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan's eastern coasts Friday, March 11, 2011
Houses are in flames while the Natori river is flooded over the surrounding area by tsunami tidal waves in Natori city, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, March 11, 2011, after strong earthquakes hit the area
Smoke rises from burning facilities in an industrial zone in Tagajo, Miyagi Prefecture, Saturday morning, March 12, 2011 after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Frida
Gas storage facilities burn in Tagajo, Miyagi Prefecture, Saturday morning, March 12, 2011 after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday
Black smoke rises from burning buildings in a factory zone in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Saturday morning, March 12, 2011 after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday
A local resident walks through debris in Rikuzentakata, Iwate, northern Japan Saturday morning, March 12, 2011 after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday
Smokes billow from an residential area in Sendai, northern Japan Saturday, March 12, 2011 after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast
A man looks over tsunami-drifted debris and mud filling rice paddies in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Saturday morning, March 12, 2011 after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast
Smoke rises from Tagajo city as it is observed from Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Saturday morning, March 12, 2011 after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast
A woman, carrying a child on her back, walks over tsunami-drifted debris and mud in Rikuzentakada, Iwate Prefecture, Saturday morning, March 12, 2011 after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast
Buildings burn in Yamada town, Iwate prefecture (state) after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake hit Friday March 11, 2011
Giant fireballs rise from a burning oil refinery in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture (state) after Japan was struck by a strong earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, March 11, 2011.
In this image fromJapan's NHK TV video footage, vehicles are washed away by tsunami in coastal area in eastern Japan after Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, March 11, 2011.
In this video image taken from Japan's NHK TV, ships and boats are washed ashore in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefectur, Japan
An oil refinery burns in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture Japan Friday March 11, 2011 following a massive earth quake.
Hotel employees gather at the hotel's entrance in Tokyo, Japan as an earthquake hits Friday, March 11, 2011. Japan was struck by a magnitude-8.8 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, triggering a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that washed away cars and tore away buildings along the coast near the epicenter. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
People at a book store react in Sendai, northern Japan as an earthquake hits Friday, March 11, 2011. Japan was struck by a magnitude-8.8 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, triggering a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that washed away cars and tore away buildings along the coast near the epicenter.
An area is flooded by tsunami in Iwaki as Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan reacts during an upper house budget committee session at parliament in Tokyo, Japan, Friday, March 11, 2011. Kan said earlier in the day he will not resign after acknowledging that his campaign office had unknowingly received illegal donations from a foreign supporter _ days after his foreign minister stepped down for a similar reason. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
People at a book store react as the store's ceiling falls in Sendai, northern Japan Friday, March 11, 2011. Japan was struck by a magnitude-8.8 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, triggering a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that washed away cars and tore away buildings along the coast near the epicenter. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, FOR COMMERCIAL USE ONLY IN NORTH AMERICA
Office workers in Tokyo's Shiodome district near Tokyo Bay stay on the pedestrian deck Friday, March 11, 2011, shortly after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake has struck off Japan's northeastern coast. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Reporters at the Associated Press Tokyo Bureau in Tokyo take shelter under a table while a strong earthquake strikes eastern Japan Friday afternoon, March 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
Black smoke rises from a burning building in Tokyo after Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake (AP/Kyodo News)

Ballymoney man Andrew Goodliffe has said the threat of nuclear meltdown is causing “hysteria” among his co-workers in Japan.

The 27-year-old, who works in an IT company in Tokyo, said there were reports that local airports were packed with people trying to leave the country.

“I know people who have left Tokyo because they’re scared about the nuclear threat,” he said.

“I have heard that the international airport is chaotic with people trying to get their families out of Japan.”

Andrew, who has lived in Japan for nearly five years, was on a train when the quake hit on Friday afternoon.

“The carriage bounced a bit — it was like being on a trampoline but you couldn’t stop yourself moving around,” he said.

“Power went out in the station for a second and somebody yelped, but other than that people were pretty calm.

“There was a sense that it was nothing out of the ordinary — I came out of the station and there was a little girl outside calmly reading a book.

“But now everyone is getting concerned. Today is the first day I’ve seen people looking really worried.”

He said his office, which is on the ninth floor of a building, was left “completely trashed” by the devastating quake.

“There were computers all over the place, filing cabinets had fallen down, and it was a mess,” he added.

Andrew said he was left “very shaken” by the quake but had no immediate plans to leave the country.

“I’ve been here for four-and-a-half years now and I feel that leaving would be a bit strange,” he said.

“Everything is a bit surreal. There have been no aftershocks for a few hours but at the weekend the house was creaking and rattling every half hour.

“The Japanese government is playing it down and the western media are hyping it up — so nobody knows what to expect.”

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