For those living in and around Fukushima the potential for a major nuclear meltdown came closer to reality after a second explosion in three days further rocked a power plant.
Graham Chave lives and works in Fukushima City, he spoke to euronews via Skype:
“People are getting fairly well informed, but still, the possibility of a cloud of nuclear material floating inland is obviously of great concern to everybody.
“If you have to go outside cover all exposed surfaces of skin and really (laughs) pray, basically. There is not a great deal people can do, they are suggesting that we take iodine supplements, which are in a lot of Japanese food.”
euronews: “Are the authorities offering you a chance to get out of town?”
“We have the car fully gassed up, we are ready to go in about five minutes. There are a lot of people already evacuated from the coast.
“I’m really, really hoping that the experts are right, there will be a meltdown and it will just be contained within the thing, they will tidy it up and no significant amounts of dangerous radiation will get out.
“We had a collection of strong aftershocks today, one every couple of minutes for a good quarter of an hour and by the end of that I was just twitching, that’s enough.”