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Article published the Friday 11 March 2011 - Latest update : Friday 11 March 2011

Japan urges evacuation near nuclear plant

Houses are swept by water following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in northeastern Japan
Reuters/Kyodo

By RFI

Japanese authorities are urging 2,000 residents living near a nuclear plant in Fukushima to evacuate the area, hours after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit the country.

People living within a two-kilometre radius of the number two reactor of the Fukushima number one plant were advised to move away.

Firefighters have not yet been able to control a fire at another power station near Tokyo.

Earlier the government declared an atomic power emergency, but said no radiation leaks had been detected.

One of the country's high-speed bullet trains is reported to be missing.

The European Union meanwhile has announced it will mobilise "all appropriate assistance" for Japan.

More than 50 countries are on high alert for a tsunami. Russia, Australia and New Zealand have all been given the all clear.

World share prices dropped on the news of the earthquake and the yen sank to its lowest level for two and half weeks, before steadying.

The death toll has reached 60, with 244 injured and 56 reported missing.

Live updates from France 24

tags: earthquake - Japan - Natural disasters - Pacific - Tsunami
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The 'Godzilla' connection

I'm I the only one that sees the prophetic connection between the current events in Japan and the 1956 ISHIRO HONDA film: "GODZILLA" ( Raymond Burr; Takashi Shimura; Akira Takarada.)?

hmn

God please show us all ur mercy and simply restore the hearth of the lost one families in japan..........

WITH YOU JAPAN

IN everything thanks must be given to GOD. so my fellow japanese please know that LORD wants He is doing for the benefits of the Nation. i know is hard but my fellow japanese try to forget the part and move to the next stage in live. BE WILL MY FELLOW JAPANENE IN ALL THINGS GOD'S NAME FIRST.

may god sava JAPAN

may god sava JAPAN

It is to give and Pray!

this is the wort happening in the recent past!
we need give in any form and pray for them!
It is my prayer that Nuclear plant is going to be contained

recover

as a bangladeshi we r really shocked for japan.

about earthquake

japan is a most beautiful country in the world, as a occurred disaster i hope japan goverment will recover at any cost.............
thanks

Don't Worry

Dear all Japan,
We are with Japan. Don't worry.I prayer for Japan. Don't be upset. We have lot of Love & pray for Japan.

sad

sorry japan i wANTED TO MOVE THERE NOW WHAT HAPPEN

JPAN

NO yu are not wit the japan and ifyou rearebwutwus nt likle for peloplento dewade

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