|Fukushima reactor spews white smoke into the air today|
The radiation has already reached Tokyo with about 13 million inhabitants prompting people to flee the city.
Toxicologist Lee Tin-lap at the Chinese University of Hong Kong affirmed that while the present levels of radiation in the surroundings of the power plant may not pose a safety concern, the long term effect due to exposure to radioactivity is unknown.
|Japanese Emperor Akihito|
In a rare TV appearance, only reserved for very solemn occasions, Japanese Emperor Akihito addressed the nation on Wednesday. He said he was “deeply worried” for this crisis, the likes of which Japan had never seen. He also said that he was praying for the country and told Japan not to dismay.
Today the death toll has been estimated at 11 000, 3,500 confirmed dead and 7,500 missing and presumed death.
Amidst the mounting crisis there have been allegations of cover ups by the government, which has hidden the facts from the public opinion and the international community.