Wednesday, March 16, 2011

MYSTERY: Scientists Alarm By Cracks Across Planet Earth?! Are We Witnessing Precursors To A Cataclysmic Geological Pole Shift Era?!

According to the Russian website Novoteka, scientists are sounding the alarm about mysterious cracks suddenly appearing across the planet.
Scientists do not know what to think about: South America is bursting at the seams. In southern Peru, suddenly appeared a huge crack length of 3 km and a width of about 100 meters. Anomaly occurred in the district Huakullani Chukuito province near the famous Lake Titicaca. A crack has appeared almost immediately: the earth like a burst at the site of a large tension, the far scattered huge chunks of soil. Interestingly, the crack did not appear in the earthquake. In general, there was no catastrophe, the earth simply gone. The crack occurred on level ground and is not associated with any disasters. Scientists are confused with this fact. Cracks also appear in neighboring Bolivia. And not so long ago, the crack happened in Ethiopia in Africa.  
Here is a look at the enormous crack that appeared in southern Peru on February 25.

The exact cause of the crack in the earth still unknown. Peru's geophysical institute ruled out the occurrence of an earthquake in the region, but what is clear is that the ground opened up and large blocks of earth can be observed scattered throughout the area. The event, recorded Wednesday morning, caused the collapse of one house located in the rural community of Llorohoco. Four people managed to escape, but the youngest in the family, five-year-old Jean Carlos Vilcanqui Acero, is missing. Geological engineers from the regional committee for civil defense have arrived in the area to investigate the phenomenon and determine its causes, said Javier Pampamallco, Puno's civil defense chief. - Living in Peru.
As indicated in the Novoteka report, in 2009, a giant crack appeared in the Afar region of Ethiopia, measuring 500 metres in length and 60 metres in depth. In a previous article, I highlighted Axel Bojanowski's research at Spiegel Online, where he provided evidence of a continental split, formed from volcanism that is causing a rift between the Arabian and African plates, as they rapidly drift apart.
The source of the African magma looks to be a gigantic stream of molten rock rising from beneath the Earth's crust and slicing through the African continental plate like a blow torch. It's a process that began thirty million years ago when lava broke through the continent for the first time, separating the Arabian Peninsula from Africa and creating the Red Sea. Now, it's the Afar Triangle's turn and it's sinking rapidly. Large areas are already more than 100 meters (328 feet) below sea level. For now, the highlands surrounding the Denakil Depression prevent the Red Sea from flooding these areas, but erosion and tectonic plate movement are continually reducing the height of this natural barrier. The Denakil Depression, which lies to the east of Afar, is already prey to regular floods -- each flood leaving behind a crust of salt. The chain of volcanoes that runs along the roughly 6,000 kilometer (3,730 mile) long East African Rift System offers further testimony to the breaking apart of the continent. In some areas around the outer edges of the Rift System, the Earth's crust has already cracked open, making room for the magma below. From the Red Sea to Mozambique in the south, dozens of volcanoes have formed, the best known being Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Nyiragongo. These fiery mountains too will one day sink into the sea. Geophysicists have calculated that in 10 million years the East African Rift System will be as large as the Red Sea. When that happens, Africa will lose its horn.Spiegel Online
The evidence of the monumentally changing geology of Africa is evident in disappearance of Lake Chad, which is now turning from a farmland quickly into a desert.
Lake Chad is shrinking rapidly, threatening the millions of people who depend on it for their survival. But some locals are fighting back in a bid to preserve their way of life. From droughts causing bad harvests, to floods destroying farms and homes, life in Africa's Sahel belt can be a constant struggle. The arid belt of land stretches from Senegal in the west, all the way across the continent to Ethiopia in the east. With the Sahara to the north, and the savannah to the south, it's a region that experiences extreme dry and wet seasons. In the middle of it all is Lake Chad, the most reliable resource in this region of shifting extremes. More than 20 million people depend on the freshwater lake for their survival. But it's been shrinking over the past 50 years and satellite images show it is now just a twentieth of its former size. - CNN.
Just yesterday in Bolivia, south of Peru, large cracks, measuring over a metre with a depth of eight metres, appeared in the vicinity of Villa Rivero, raising great alarm.
The cracks which are close to a group of houses are of greatest concern to the residents and the Governor of Cochabamba, the imminent risk to buildings. The appearance of cracks in the vicinity of Villa Rivero, 60 kilometers from the city, going on three months of the demonstration of an underground fire that destroyed an area of approximately 50 meters. The fire that lasted for over a month was attributed to the remnants of an ancient swamp. Now, there are three adjoining houses in the upper valley to the phenomenon. But one of them is most at risk of collapse, causing the owners to evacuate. The Government commission investigating the phenomenon explained that after the earthquake in Japan, many of the people associated with the earthquake cracks... In order to explain the cause of the cracks, the Secretariat of Mother Earth collects and studies of soil gases in 2010 made the Universidad Mayor de San Simón (UMSS) through the Faculty of Agronomy and research unit chemical refinery Oilfield Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB). The Secretary of the Rights of Mother Earth, Magdalena Medrano, reported that "evidence has been presented that there are sinkholes in agricultural and grazing land in the municipality of Villa Tunari, but we can not give official figures until after the laboratory analysis of soil YPFB and UMSS made." - Los Tiempos.
 In other South American countries like Venezuela and Columbia, land mass displacement continues unabated either with cracks, sinkholes or landslides.
In the section on Caracas-La Guaira [Venezuela] sense there have been landslides disable a channel of movement, defenses no longer exist by the existing boundary faults, the three thousand meters of protective mesh were placed on slopes in the first few meters are not and those that remain are completely destroyed. On the La Guaira Caracas there is a collapse of the pavement and cracks, resulting from sewage boats that were never corrected. Residents from the area reported that this pathway is forgotten, "since they opened the viaduct and not remember the track, while the used by more than one year," said Carmen Martinez. They also warned that there are power failures because most of the posts will not work because the facilities have been dismantled. - El Universal.
 A crack in the mountainous part of the road that leads to Cali port [Columbia] was reported by residents of 58 km, an area known as Fat Peñas. It is a geological fault that may have feared a collapse and affect more than 100 people living in the area, mountainous area. According to the inhabitants of this natural phenomenon was presented last year and is now larger, but the authorities take preventive action on the matter. The population is in the understanding of the municipality of Dagua a few miles from Cisneros, in Buenaventura. It is a mountainous area very unstable product which has also spawned a recent landslide that affected the river Nuggets. "Sometimes we feel small tremors and cracks of the earth, the curious thing about all this is that since the road you can see the long and how deep it has this mountain, but no one is pronounced," said one member of Sector 20 families who fear that there may be a landslide. It could also affect Ecopetrol viaduct that passes through the sector. - El Pais
In Japan, CNN iReporter Brent Kooi catches the earth moving and cracking beneath his feet as the quake strikes Japan, in the following video:

In Taiwan, a huge crack extended for more than 20 metres and over 8 centimetres in width at the Lushan Elementary school.
There are several cracks discovered in or around the school. According to teachers, for the past two years, the cracks have been widening. Besides the elementary school, the signs of land subsidence and cracking are common in many houses in the tribe. Residents worry that their houses may collapse. Scholars who inspect the site discovered the phenomenon of land creep from the aerial photos, which means the land slowly slides. After the typhoon Sinlaku in 2008, several mountain slides took place around the mountain slopes. Since the elementary school and the tribe are located below the dip slope, huge landslides or mudslides would likely happen when torrential rain or earthquake take place. The extent of damage could be hard to imagine. Given the devastation caused by Japan's earthquake, local residents grew more worried over the possibility of similiar tragedies in the future. - CTS.
Yesterday, I documented the persistent flooding in Indonesia, where they are also suffering from the mysterious appearance of cracks as well.
The phenomenon of soil cracks in Pacitan continue to emerge. After some time ago struck a hamlet in the village residential district Kalikunging Tulakan, ground cracks occurred in the district now also Pacitan city. Some houses in the village Demeling Purworejo village was severely damaged due to cracks. Residents forced to evacuate to a safer place if heavy rain falls. Especially at night. According Wiryo, one of the local residents, in the neighborhood, a total of eight homes were damaged. Three of them even badly damaged. Similarly, the Chairman said local RT Kasnan. The eight damaged houses belonged to Sutris, Bambang, determination, Wiryo, Slamet, Tayib, Surono, and Kasnan own property. Although the damage is fairly moderate, because only the walls and floors of small cracks and oblique, but he admitted misgivings. Especially when heavy rain falls. Residents hope the government district (district government) intervene local. Given that soil cracks wide enough. Reached about one kilometer. In addition to the City District Pacitan region, soil cracks also appeared in the Village Breadnut and Ngumbul in District Tulakan. Even in the village of Ngumbul one hamlet, Krajan, declared to be the most vulnerable areas. In the hamlet inhabited 300 Head of the Family (KK) that, in addition to its slope is high enough, the structure consists of clay soil. These allow for the shift, especially during high rainfall. - Pacitankab
Government District (local government) plans to ask Hall Sabo Purworejo in Yogyakarta to conduct research in the village of soil cracks Sidorejo Purworejo district. Regent Purworejo plans to send a letter of application of research to government agencies under the Ministry of Public Works. Head Office of National Unity and Community Protection (mas) Purworejo District, Drs Agus Budi Supriyanto, to, Sunday, said, Purworejo regency center re-register due to soil cracks that occur in early March 2011 that. "The cracks have not endanger residents. However, it still must watch out for," he said. According to him, now the cracks have not occurred in a high intensity. "Since early March, the cracks seemed to have stopped. Cracks that occur in several locations," he added. Soil cracks with a length of 400 meters, making the 67 heads of families Sidorejo Village residents threatened by landslides. For that, Kesbangpolinmas asked 67 families resident RT 05 and RT 06 RW 02 to guard against the possibility of landslides. Residents are encouraged to evacuate to a safe location, if heavy rains flushed Sidorejo Village for more than two hours. - Krjogja.
There are also reports of cracks in Lebak Goak, a 400 metres long crack in the county of Purworejo, the destruction of 10 homes in the Ponorogo district, and landslides along the banks of Kali Anyar. I am of the view that Indonesia will more than likely experience a major earthquake soon given the constant and tremendous upheaval in land mass and inundation of flooding.

In Vietnam, sinkholes continue to appear all over the country.
Discovered his home pond water gradually exhausted, uncle Nguyen Van Hoi (6 neighbors, Huong Lam, Huong Khe district, Ha Tinh Province) to inspect a new that the "author" is the second hole appears at the bottom of the pond . At 8 pm on 09.11.2010, comments, Nguyen Van Hoi pond bank check around but no water leaks. To shallow water at only 30 cm, uncle discovered a hole in the heart of the pond water is withdrawn rapidly. Associated British plug 4m long melaleuca trees to mark the melaleuca tree holes, but also missing were washed away. When the water is about exhausted, the pit road area Monday, the first hole of about 2.5 m and with a diameter of 3.5 m. 500m ³ of water full of fish in the pond two synagogues were "pit of death" is swallowed up in just 30 minutes. - HN.
According to the Novoteka article, scientists had express alarm at the sudden appearance of these cracks. Is it possible that these rapid shifts in the geology of the planet, are precursors to a geological pole shift? If the hypothesis is true, that a geological pole shift occurs due to a quick shift in the underlying surface over a short period of time, then doesn't it seem quite likely that the cracks, sinkholes, landslides, earthquakes, flood inundations, and volcanism could be a sign that we will ultimately experience a axial reorientation of the planet soon?

Only time will tell. More anon.

ALARMING: Japan Quake Shortens Earth's Days & Shifts Antarctic!

The 9.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked Japan on Friday, March 11 and sent a tsunami traveling across the Pacific Ocean had another long-range effect, it shortened the length of Earth's day, increasing Earth's rotation speed, making the day a fraction second shorter.

A new analysis of the found that the intense temblor has accelerated Earth's spin, shortening the length of the 24-hour day by 1.8 microseconds, according to geophysicist Richard Gross at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Gross refined his estimates of the Japan quake's impact – which previously suggested a 1.6-microsecond shortening of the day – based on new data on how much the fault that triggered the earthquake slipped to redistribute the planet's mass. A microsecond is a millionth of a second.  "By changing the distribution of the Earth's mass, the Japanese earthquake should have caused the Earth to rotate a bit faster, shortening the length of the day by about 1.8 microseconds," Gross told in an e-mail. More refinements are possible as new information on the earthquake comes to light, he added. The scenario is similar to that of a figure skater drawing her arms inward during a spin to turn faster on the ice. The closer the mass shift during an earthquake is to the equator, the more it will speed up the spinning Earth. One Earth day is about 24 hours, or 86,400 seconds, long. Over the course of a year, its length varies by about one millisecond, or 1,000 microseconds, due to seasonal variations in the planet's mass distribution such as the seasonal shift of the jet stream. The initial data suggests Friday's earthquake moved Japan's main island about 8 feet, according to Kenneth Hudnut of the U.S. Geological Survey. The earthquake also shifted Earth's figure axis by about 6 1/2 inches (17 centimeters), Gross added. The Earth's figure axis is not the same as its north-south axis in space, which it spins around once every day at a speed of about 1,000 mph (1,604 kph). The figure axis is the axis around which the Earth's mass is balanced and the north-south axis by about 33 feet (10 meters). "This shift in the position of the figure axis will cause the Earth to wobble a bit differently as it rotates, but will not cause a shift of the Earth's axis in space – only external forces like the gravitational attraction of the sun, moon, and planets can do that," Gross said. - SPACE.
In addition, according to New Scientist, the Whillans glacier, effectively a stream of ice, in West Antarctica appears to have been nudged along in its slow flow by the seismic waves of the earthquake, which radiated across the globe.

As the surface seismic waves generated by the quake travelled around the world, they appear to have given the Whillans ice stream in West Antarctica a nudge, causing it to slide by about half a metre. The movement was picked up by Jake Walter of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his colleagues, who monitor the glacier remotely from California. They say the event is an "interesting insight", but are not suggesting it will destabilise the ice stream in any way. The Whillans ice stream drains ice from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet into the Ross Ice Shelf. Since 2007, Walter and colleagues have been using GPS field stations on the ice sheet to monitor its movements. They have shown that the ice stream speeds up twice a day in slip events which last about 30 minutes. The glacier normally creeps along at an average speed of about 1 metre per day. But during a slip event, it slides almost half a metre in one go. The sudden slips are related to the tides, and are strong enough to generate seismic waves that are recorded by stations at the South Pole and the Antarctic Dry Valleys. Now it looks like the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that shook Japan last Friday caused the glacier to slip in a similar way. When Walter and his colleagues were analysing GPS data from the ice stream on Monday, they noticed that one slip event had happened earlier than expected. Further analysis revealed that it happened exactly when surface seismic waves generated by the Japanese earthquake would have hit Antarctica. Large earthquakes are known to create seismic waves which can circle the planet several times before dying down. "The Chile earthquake from last year also had a similar effect" on the Whillans ice stream, Walter told New Scientist. "It's an interesting insight into how large earthquakes might affect glacier motion." Walter and colleagues now want to examine data from other large earthquakes to see if any others are linked to slip events of the Whillans ice stream.

JAPAN CRISIS: Lands Disappear From Kitakami River Flooding!

The tragedy in Japan seems to be escalating every day, as each crisis seems to generate additional ones, plunging the country towards the brink of the abyss. Here is a report from NASA's Earth Observatory on major flooding along the Kitakami River and the effects on the  inundated land mass.
In the wake of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck northeastern Japan in March 2011, ocean waters flooded croplands and settlements lining the Kitakami River. The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured these false-color images before and after the tsunami. The top image is from March 14, 2011, and the bottom is from January 16, 2011. The images combine infrared, red, and green wavelengths of light to form a false-color image that distinguishes between muddy water and land. Water is blue. Buildings and paved surfaces appear in shades of blue-gray. Fallow fields appear in shades of beige and brown. Vegetation is red, and the brighter the red, the more robust the vegetation. (Brighter shades of red in March and duller shades in January result largely from the difference in season.)

In the March image, water has spilled over the banks both north and south of the river. Although agricultural fields appear to have escaped the flooding farther inland (image left), some fields closer to the ocean have seemingly disappeared into the sea. North of the Kitakami, floodwaters extend far enough inland to create what looks like a parallel river. Near the coast, only the rugged peaks rising above the floodplains have escaped inundation. On March 15, 2011 (early on March 16 in Japan), NHK World reported that the number of dead and missing likely exceeded 10,000. While police reported 3,373 confirmed deaths, 7,558 people remained missing. More than 440,000 people had sought refuge in temporary shelters.

APOCALYPSE NOW: Germany Goes Offline With 3-Month Moratorium On Nuclear Extension! Chancellor Merkel: "APOCALYPTIC Events In Japan." Map Show Radiation Spreading To The American Continent! UPDATE: MASS Evacuations Begin In North East Of Japan, In Tokyo!

News coming out of Germany today, reveals that Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced a 3-month moratorium on previous plans to extend the lifetimes of Germany's 17 nuclear-power plants by 12 years. She indicated that 2 of the oldest plants will be shut down in the next few days and added this this action comes as a direct result of the tragedy in Japan. "Silent and devastated, we are following the apocalyptic events in Japan," Merkel said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that seven nuclear power stations built before 1980 would be disconnected with the grid during the announced three-month moratorium on nuclear extension plan. Merkel made the decision after meeting with the governors of states that built nuclear power plants. Germany currently has 17 nuclear power stations. The last new nuclear power plant was commissioned in 1989. Besides the seven plants, the 1983-built Krummel nuclear power station in Schleswig-Holstein, which has been taken offline for a while, would remain closed during the moratorium. It means that during the next three months, only nine nuclear power plants would be kept operating in Germany. Figures showed that about 23 percent of Germany' s electricity supply comes from nuclear power. On Monday, Merkel said Germany would suspend the life-extension plan of its nuclear power plants for three months. During that time, experts would run thorough security tests on the country' s nuclear power stations. The chancellor's new moves came as Japan's nuclear crisis escalated dramatically in last two days. Four explosions have rocked the quake-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant since Saturday. Radiation near the plant area has climbed to dangerous levels. Even in capital Tokyo, higher-than-normal level of radiation was also detected, but not harmful to human health at the moment. - Xinhua.
 Now, a source of mine, sent me a link to ZAMG website, the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics , the national meteorological and geophysical service of Austria. ZAMG is the oldest weather service in the world and provides critical research results on the weather. One of the objectives of the institute is in the observation, detection and reporting of the spread of pollutants and contaminants in the atmosphere. On the website, the heading and content deals with the possible spread of radioactivity following the recent explosions at the Japanese nuclear plant facility in Fukushima. In a detail report with associated images, Dr. Gerhard Wotawa in ZAMG's Office of Data, Methods and Models provides the following statement:
After monitoring the severe earthquake in Japan and the repeated explosions at the Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima, ZAMG calculates that since Saturday, the 12th of March, the spread of a radioactive cloud is possible. On behalf of the WMO, ZAMG has supported today the "Incident and Emergency Centre" Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna with detailed simulations for the propagation of radiation in Japan and with meteorological expertise. According to the current model calculations of ZAMG, a low pressure area currently revolves over Japan, which could transport possible radiation clouds to the south and thus towards Tokyo. Meanwhile, it is quite possible that light rain will be experienced on the east coast of Japan. In rainfall areas, it could lead to increased radiation coming on the ground. The latest forecasts show that today at 20:00 UTC the large-scale flow again turns to West. Currently, the wind is blowing slightly in Tokyo from the east, and so far today it was dry in the Japanese capital. A neat air masses arrived from Japan to Europe and Austria is still excluded by the meteorology. 
In their latest update, the IAEA declared the following:
The IAEA remains concerned over the status of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where sea water injections to cool the reactors in Units 1, 2 and 3 are continuing. Attempts to return power to the entire Daiichi site are also continuing. After explosions at both Units 1 and 3, the primary containment vessels of both Units are reported to be intact. However, the explosion that occurred at 04:25 UTC on 14 March at the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 may have affected the integrity of its primary containment vessel. All three explosions were due to an accumulation of hydrogen gas. A fire at Unit 4 occurred on 14 March 23:54 UTC and lasted two hours. The IAEA is seeking clarification on the nature and consequences of the fire. The IAEA continues to seek details about the status of all workers, reactors and spent fuel at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. An evacuation of the population from the 20-kilometre zone around Fukushima Daiichi is in effect. The Japanese have advised that people within a 30-km radius shall take shelter indoors. Iodine tablets have been distributed to evacuation centres but no decision has yet been taken on their administration. A 30-kilometre no-fly zone has been established around the Daiichi plant. Normal civil aviation beyond this zone remains uninterrupted. The Japan Coast Guard established evacuation warnings within 10 kilometres of Fukushima Daiichi and 3 kilometres of Fukushima Daini. The IAEA and several other UN organizations held a meeting at 11:00 UTC today to discuss recent developments and coordinate activities related to consequences of the earthquake and tsunami. 
Here is a look at what ZAMG forecast for the spread of the cloud of Fukushima:

Radiation emitting from Japan.
Radiation spreads towards the North American Continent.
Visit ZAMG for the full animated images.

These diagrams seems to be correct in estimation, based on the fact that the Associated Press is reporting that the dangerous levels of radiation leak is now soaring and is spreading from the four stricken reactors of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plants.

Japanese officials told the International Atomic Energy Agency that the reactor fire was in a fuel storage pond -- an area where used nuclear fuel is kept cool -- and that "radioactivity is being released directly into the atmosphere."  - Courier Post Online.
France's Nuclear Safety Authority said the disaster now ranked at six on a seven-point international scale of gravity for nuclear accidents, ranking the crisis second only in gravity to Chernobyl, the possibility that radioactivity could enter the food chain.

Meanwhile, a water crisis occurred Monday night when emergency crews tried to fight a fire in northeast Japan. The water that was intended to combat the fire instead was sent to help survivors in an evacuation center.

To make the situation even worst, scientists are now warning that  Japan faces second a second monster quake and tsunami.
Experts are now warning a second huge quake - almost as powerful as the first - could hit the country, triggering another tsunami. The director of the Australian Seismological Centre, Dr Kevin McCue, told the Sydney Morning Herald that there had been more than 100 smaller quakes since Friday, and a larger aftershock was likely. 'Normally they happen within days. 'The rule of thumb is that you would expect the main aftershock to be one magnitude smaller than the main shock, so you would be expecting a 7.9. 'That's a monster again in its own right that is capable of producing a tsunami and more damage.' Another expert believes Friday's quake is the 'aftershock' of an earlier eruption two days before, in which a 7.2 magnitude explosion shook the Pacific sea floor near the northern Miyagi area. John McCloskey, a geophysicist at the University of Ulster in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, told the journal Nature the quakes have 'probably also affected the stress field further south along the fault zone, critically increasing the earthquake risk in the Tokyo region'. He added that the aftershocks 'may be as large as, or even stronger than, the quake that last month devastated Christchurch in New Zealand', the website Good reported. That disaster, measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, claimed more than 160 lives. - Daily Mail.
 Today, the Japan Meteorological Agency said that 6.0 magnitude aftershock hit Tokyo, causing buildings to sway, leaving at least two people injured and sparking power failures across much of the city of Shizuoka. The epicentre was located in Shizuoka prefecture, about 75 miles southwest of the capital, and near Mount Fuji, in an area prone to earthquakes. The quake occurred at a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles. The US Geological Survey put the magnitude at 6.1 and said it had been preceded a few minutes earlier by another 5.8 magnitude tremor. The epicentre of that was located 195 miles northeast of Tokyo. Power was cut to large areas of Shizuoka and high-speed rail service was suspended.

UPDATE: Mass Evacuations Begin From North East Of Japan, Tokyo! 

According to Prison Planet, the situation in Japan has escalated to an international crisis, where mass evacuations have begun in Tokyo as scientist predicts that the radiation winds will continue to spread and reach the capital within 24 hours.

As the scale of the nuclear disaster unfolding at the stricken Fukushima’s nuclear plant begins to be finally realised, despite the Japanese government’s continued underplaying of the situation, mass evacuations are are underway with people fleeing Tokyo and North Eastern areas of the country in order to avoid a toxic cloud of radiation heading their way. China became the first government to issue a mass evacuation order of all its citizens from the entire north east of Japan late last night. Citing “the seriousness of and uncertainty surrounding the accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant at present”, the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo announced that it would be sending buses to evacuate all Chinese nationals from the Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki and Iwate prefectures. There are thought to be over 22 thousand Chinese nationals working in those areas. Those that are bussed out will be flown out of the country via China Southern Airlines on huge 272 seater jets. Austria followed suit by announcing it would be moving its embassy from Tokyo to Osaka, over 250 miles (400 kilometers) away, due to radiation concerns. France and Finland have also urged their citizens to leave Tokyo and either move to the South of Japan or get out of the country altogether. The Czech military has reportedly sent in planes to evacuate its nationals, While Russia says it is preparing to remove all of its soldiers and civilians from the Kuril islands, which are disputed with Japan. Inside Russia, in the Far East of the country, military units are reportedly preparing to evacuate towns on concerns of nuclear fallout, while residents are rushing to buy iodine pills. The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo has issued a warning to Americans saying they “should avoid travel to Japan at this time.” Several other European countries have done the same.

More anon.