Radiation Reaches Tokyo: Fukushima Daiichi Update
Fukushima Daiichi Radiation Reaches Tokyo
Radiation levels in Tokyo are 20 times above normal, as winds blow radioactive isotopes from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant towards Japan's Capita.. Authorities are trying to keep the public calm. It isn't working. Tourists are cutting their visits short, and business travelers are changing their plans. You can see a live Geiger counter in Tokyo via UStream. For Americans worried about radiation drifting from Japan to the US, check RadiationNetwork.com, which hosts the National Radiation Map.
Advice to a frightened public such as "take a shower" and "don't suck on your fingers" are not enough for some Tokyo residents, who are leaving the city or stocking up on supplies to lock themselves in their homes.
TEPCO and the Japanese government have been downplaying the danger posed by the malfunctioning Fukushima Daiichi plant, even as the public has equal access to the world's news outlets' coverage of the ongoing catastrophe.
In one sign of the panic, Don Quixote, a multistory, 24-hour general store in Tokyo's Roppongi district, was sold out of radios, flashlights, candles, fuel cans and sleeping bags on Tuesday as a Reuters reporter visited the shop.
"My wife is pregnant, so today we decided to go to Nagoya," said Shintaro Tanaka, a worker in his thirties. Mr. Tanaka said that he was hoping the crisis would blow over soon because he had only one day of paid leave, but that he was prepared to stay away as long as necessary. "We're worried," he said.