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IPFS News Link • Japan - Earthquake Tsunami Radiation

Tokyo Residents Start to Panic: Rush For Cash, Rice, Passports, And Gold

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Panic is beginning to set in in Tokyo, Reuters reports. ATMs in Tokyo are periodically failing because of a huge crush of withdrawals. "Millions" of citizens are stocking up on rice. Passport applications are going through the roof. Power is periodically failing. Restaurants are empty. (Of course, Tokyo's a big city, so this could describe everyday life. But with the US recommending that US citizens leave Japan, a bit of nervousness would be easy to understand). The Fukushima reactors are 150 miles north of Tokyo. The US has advised all citizens within 50 miles of the plant to evacuate. And it has arranged voluntary evacuation for the families of government employees in Tokyo and Yokohama.