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March 18, 2011

Earthquake Update: March 18th, 2011

The British government has asked British nationals to "consider" leaving Tokyo due to the evolving situation at the Fukushima nuclear facility and potential disruptions to the supply of goods, transport, communications and other infrastructure. This is not advice to leave, but advice to consider leaving, depending on how necessary your presence in Tokyo is.

In line with advice given by the US, any British nationals currently WITHIN 80km of the facility are being advised to leave the area or take shelter indoors if they are unable to travel and to contact the Foreign Office Japan emergency hotline on +44 20 7008 0000 to ensure they are aware of your location.

The British government maintains its position that there is no real human health issue for those outside of the exclusion zone that people should be concerned about. This advice is kept under constant review.

Full information here at the British Embassy's website. A transcript of the briefing held on Tuesday evening by the Chief Scientific Advisor is here. The government's chief scientist will be giving another briefing about the situation this afternoon. The British Embassy is also providing updates through Facebook.

A full list of foreign embassies is here.

Please see our previous summary for a list of resources.

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