Japan’s health ministry has told residents near the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant not to drink local tap water. High levels of radioactive iodine have been detected, making it unsafe.
There has been some good news regarding the quake-damaged plant – a power cable has now been installed to restart cooling machinery in reactors 5 and 6.
Despite a growing death toll from the massive earthquake which triggered a devastating tsunami, it is the nuclear issue which is causing fear.
One nursery worker said she was very worried that if she’d been contaminated with radiation, the children could have been affected too. “The children mean more to me than myself,“she said.
And it is not just in Japan where people are worried. In Hong Kong, Greenpeace organised a vigil for the victims and to register their opposition to controversial plans to expand nuclear energy projects.