Wednesday, March 16, 2011

#Japan #Earthquake: Exodus Starts Out of Fukushima

Niigata Nippo reports that over 3,000 people have left Fukushima Prefecture and arrived in Niigata Prefecture, and are being housed in emergency shelters in cities and towns in Niigata.

As of March 16, there are 3,000 people from Fukushima in 26 shelters set up by Niigata Prefecture government and cities and towns in Niigata. Other cities, towns, villages in Niigata have come forward with their plans to provide shelters for more people. Nagaoka-City has announced it is preparing to house 15,000 people.

Niigata Prefecture is also providing the radiation screening for the people arriving from Fukushima at several location.

Kashiwazaki Nuclear Power Plant has started to offer informal radiation screening, as the word spread among the Fukushima evacuees that the Plant could do the screening.

And the sad, human nature in the time of crisis - there are burglaries reported in Ibaragi Prefecture (just south of Fukushima Prefecture), targeting the houses of the evacuees, as well as swindling money from frightened residents in by making up stories posing as TEPCO employees or fire fighters.


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