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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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Comments (79)

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

may god bless u all... amen

may god bless u all... amen

i prays god to be good

y is this happening so?the main caution to them is to be away of nuclear reacters

Reply

@Anonyme Everything happens for a reason. GOD HAS A PLAN. THE BEST ONE.

i agreed this a very bad

may allah bless those who are fall in earth quak sorry my dear japniees friend

This is terrible

we should all take how time praying for Japan. There are in terrible pain. The only solution right now is prayer and that is the best way we can assist the japanians

NO..

No. It is not time to pray, it is time to give. Give and then pray. I just came from there and it is no time for wishful thinking and waiting for a sign. It is time for action. The prayers are a bonus. When you send a message out to people, I think that should come with it.

nice

Who ever you are I'm glad to hear from someone who is safe you are so right give then pray i hope your loved ones are ok too. Hope, Love, Care for Japan

this is so sad if i could do

this is so sad if i could do any thing i would totally do it!! trust me!!! i really feel bad for these people who have to leave there homes!

I feel VERY sorry for those

I feel VERY sorry for those people in japan!

just dont felt sorry help

just dont felt sorry help them upto ur range

end of the world

what has this world become! like seriously??? i dont believe the world will end but seriously whats mother nature doing to us...but then again what are we doingto her. lets taker care of her and beautifie her up again and then she will do the same for us <3 this world takes two hehehe but yeah. i have more to say but i talk too much so im ging to go leave now

I JOIN THE GRIEVANCE

WHY CAN'T THE AFTER EFFECTS OF NUCLEAR PLANT SPREADING RADIO-ACTIVE WAVES BE ERADICATED BY SPRAYING OUT OF COW-DUNG, WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE BEST ANTI-RADIO-ACTIVE SUBSTANCE ?
MANY ARTICLES ON THE WEB SITES SAY THAT COW-DUNG IS THE BEST ANTI-RADIO-ACTIVE SUBSTANCE.

I pray to GOD, he shall give

I pray to GOD, he shall give relief to all the people in Japan,Please God, everything is in your hands, u have to save all these people & have to stop this right here.

japan

this should have happenned so many people got killed

rest in peace

Rest in peace to all japanese who lost their life in disasterous earthquake. PRAY FOR PEACE.

help these people

yyyyyyyyyy, did this have to hapen

JAPAN

IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF US .....................
(GLOBAL WARMING.........)

japan

To all of those affected by this terrible disaster in Japan my deepest sympathy. i have always thght of Japan as a country built on strength & passionate traditions & admired this. To see your home land ripped apart was so sad but you are strong & will rebuild your beautiful country. The people of the world are watching & praying for you all.Help is coming......

mankind

only mankind can stop whats about to happen to this world and it was writen in revelations that all these natural disasters would take place. we are the cause of all this though. all the drilling and nuclear testing we do underwater has an effect on the earths crust. pay attention to the signs people. Global warming is heating up our planet and causing all these volcanic and earthquake acctivities. We need to wake up people and get it together!!

pray to the god

i am just going to pray to the good that the japanese should soon stand up before the world than the before time

SYMPATHY

I JUST WANT TO SHARE MY SYMPATHY WITH ALL
THE PEOPLE FROM JAPAN.I PRAY THAT THE LORD WILL COMFORT
YOU ALL...!!

DEAR LORD!!!

dear lord please let everyone be OK!!!

Im so sorry that this happen

Im so sorry that this happen to them. The world is so scary and unpredictable.My prayers and my heart goes out to them. This a wake up call for a lot of people it makes you wonder whats next.Its time to get our life together and hopefully come to an agreement to live more peacefully as one

Shocked news

i feel sorry for japannees people for those specially who have lost their beloved. i pray 4 u people

sunami

i feel that there is no way to escape us from natural desoter don`t play with nature

lord help the people from

lord help the people from japan!!

no wonder other countries hate us

send money to people in need, not making terrorist rich

TOO......! BAD.

oh..! god. i feel very bad. all are pray for japanese.

japan

I feel so bad for the japanese, my teachr Mrs.Hardey said that her haert goes out to them and i agree.Them poor peaople.

SYMPATHY FOR THE INOCENT SOUL

I PRAY THAT JEHOVA ALMITHY SHOULD RECIEVE THEM IN IN HIS GLORY.ALL OTHER NATIONS SHOULD JOIN HANDS TO HELP THE REST OF THE VICTIMS.

JAPAN DISASTER

I DO FEEL SORRY FOR THE JAPAN PEOPLE!!
WILL PRAY FOR THEM THAT GOD WILL COMFORT
THEM ALL......!!

JAPAN

i am so very sorry for the fear of all the children, and so many familys. all our prays go out to every family in japan. once again u.s.a. where always the first ones too help in all tragedies. what about our own country, being taking over by so many other countries that come to u.s.a.they buy all ourgas station anmd 711 stores and treat us so very disrespectiful. and they will not hire an american. that is crazy.
but once again remember you in any country can always count on us. just like iraq. we destroyed it and then gave 96 billion dollars to re-build it. go figure
m.c. long Island New York

japan's devastation

My heart goes out to the Japanese people. I am sorry, but it is not God's help they need, it's mankinds help required. With all the money nations spend of war and killing each other, surely we could could have international hospital ships and rescue crews always available for disasters such as this. The world needs disaster response teams trained and ready for movement to any part of the world where they are required.Governments can move war machines to anywhere at short notice, but helping people survive situations like those that have happened in New Zealand and Japan, seems to be beyond their ability. One only has to look at the mess after the hurricane Katrina to see just how useless disaster planning is. Money is always found for wars, but disasters rely on charitable donations from pockets which are already small fom taxes. The Japanese people will rebuild, they are resiliant and resourceful and their will to carry on will tide them through. I have only admiration and pride in the New Zealand people, Chilean people and the Japanese people for their ability to cope with their disaster, they are not sitting around waiting for hand outs and charity, they are on the front line and doing what is needed to be done. There's no corruption there pocketing the disaster aid money.

i fell sorry them

i fell sorry them

sad

What i think this was a very sad think that happen in Japan. Hope people in Japan are ok.<3 =0

u s tax dollars

send help to Japan and quit trying to become the one world oder by
invading Afgan,Iran, Libia, Etc. It's all b s. It's all about oil.

?

The USA has sent a lot of aid as the Japanese are very important for us. If they are not allowed to enter it is because they have not let us. Oil has nothing to do with this one.

yea why not let the usa send

yea why not let the usa send food and help over sea some more did the usa get any help from any other country with katrina i dont think so but why not the usa gotta be the "good guys" and help eveyone else out and the usa cant even help its on citizans first why not sure.

listen is this the time to

listen is this the time to point fingers and say we wont help you because you didnt help us if thats your thinking you must go back to primary school its time to start thinking about other people and not just about your self

Your an idiot!!!

Your an idiot!!!

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