As fears of a nuclear meltdown continue to grow in Fukushima, those living there are confronted with a dilemma: leave or sit tight.
Graham Chave is a New Zealander living in Fukushima City.
He spoke to euronews via Skype:
“What are your friends and neighbours and the people in the vicinity around you, what are they thinking, what are they saying, what are they talking about?”
“The foreign friends, the majority have already left Fukushima City, they have headed mainly westwards to the other side of the country, basically it’s not that far. Japanese people, very few of them are moving at all, maybe it is fatalism, maybe it is a trust in the government. They are generally sitting still and stocking up on supplies. In supermarkets, there was about an hour-and-a-half wait to get into the supermarket, but once we were in we came out with an enormous amount of food. The only problem at the moment is getting petrol. It is very hard to find and it’s rationed to about 15 euros worth.”
“Why are you still there Graham?”
“Transportation is a major issue, really it is hard to leave, if there was suddenly a radioactive cloud coming over then, OK, we just get into the car and we are out of here. The lack of petrol is a very strong determining factor here. We actually don’t have the option to drive 500 miles to get well away from it.”
“Everyday life in Fukushima, is that continuing as normal?”
“I am not comfortable. I’m pretty nervous, I have got to say, there was a collection of aftershocks yesterday that really had me on edge by the end of it, within half an hour we had about 10 good shakes and each time the house moves a bit, my heart is right up in the throat. I am really very worried. I am not the only one, the neighbours are getting twitchy. A truck goes past, the house shakes…Oh! it’s another earthquake again. So people are quite worried.”