THOUSANDS OF FOREIGNERS FLEEING JAPAN, AS CRISIS IS UPGRADED TO LEVEL 5
Mar. 18, 2011
Update 10:43: The first radioactive particles have been found in the US, says AP.
Update 10:38: It’s been an extremely quiet morning. The NYT reports on an increased exodus of foreigners in Japan. Airlines say flights out are booking up fast.
Update 7:38: There was just a good technical discussion of the crisis on NHK. One thing that’s clear: simply plugging in everything won’t solve the problem, because whatever pumps they plug into may be too severely damaged.
7:16 AM ET: Japanese PM Naoto Kan is addressing the nation. We’re covering LIVE.
Acknowdges that there have been some errors. Japan will overcome.
Situation at Fukushima still “very grave.”
Speaking a lot about “resolve” and staying optimistic. Kan says all information is being made public.
At the end, he said again that the situation is grave, but that soon it will be under control.