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Here is some information for foreigners who are still in Sendai (Miyagi) and looking to make an informed decision about whether to stay or go. I’ve broken it down into a few sections that you can scroll down to see:
Earthquake and Tsunami information
Nuclear power plant and radiation updates
News stations covering the situation in Japan
Japanese Government updates
International Government updates
Right now, your best bet is to get to Yamagata or Niigata by bus or car, and catch a flight from there to Narita or Osaka. The airport in Osaka is not too busy. The latest report on the Narita Express can be found here – but as of right now there is very crappy bus and train service to the airport.
- Air Canada/Japan: http://www.aircanada.jp/en/home.htm?cLoc=jp
- ANA-Domestic flights (English): http://www.ana.co.jp/asw/index.jsp?type=e
- ANA-International flights (English): http://www.ana.co.jp/asw/index.jsp?type=ie
- JAL-Domestic flights (English): https://www.jal.co.jp/en/
- JAL-International flights (English): https://www.jal.co.jp/en/inter/
- As of right now (March 15th 2011) there are flights leaving from Osaka and Kyoto. Taking a train to Narita is not recommended due to infrequent service. I will provide an update on Narita Airport once I arrive there at 10am local time.
Earthquake and Tsunami Information
US Geological Services Web site: http://www.usgs.gov
Japanese Meterological Agency: http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/indexe.html
Nuclear Power Plant Updates
3:45am March 16th, 2011: France pulls the message that they had posted to foreign nationals to leave 500km between themselves and Fukushima or return to France. See below for French Embassy in Japan link. Turns out that it was from an atomic agency and not the word of the the French government.
3:25am March 16th, 2011: France tells foreign nationals in Japan to leave 500km between Fukushima or go back to France – http://www.lemonde.fr/ | English Translation It turns out that the French government has not been able to tell their foreign nationals to get out until now – but they have made cheap flights available for their citizens to get out of Japan.
I’m currently safe at an internet cafe in Osaka Airport. I’ll find more info and report it as it comes out and as long as I have an internet connection.