Guardian . International concern that Japan has lost control over the nuclear crisis is escalating as Britain, France and other nations advised their citizens to « consider » leaving Tokyo because of heightened radiation levels.
Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said he would visit the Japanese capital to gather information about the « very serious » situation at the Fukushima plant.
Conflicting reports from the damaged nuclear plant have deepened alarm over Japan’s management of the crisis, leading to charges that the authorities are actually making the situation worse.
Reuters . Thousands of people desperate to escape Japan’s deepening nuclear crisis have inundated private jet companies with requests for evacuation flights, sending prices surging as much as a quarter.
Some multinational companies are pulling international staff out of Tokyo and surrounding areas after low-level radiation reached the metropolis on Tuesday.
Workers are fleeing for Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and as far afield as Australia and the United States as power outages and shortages of basic supplies compound the misery after Friday’s 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami.