China to Evacuate Citizens from Japan

By China Internet Information Center
Published: 2011-03-16

Translated by Qi Changlong
Original article

The Chinese Embassy in Japan has announced on Tuesday morning to evacuate Chinese citizens from disaster areas in Japan, where nuclear power plants were damaged by a 9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami last Friday, resulting in radiation leaks.

The Chinese Embassy has arranged for vehicles to pick up Chinese citizens from Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki and Iwate, and send them to Narita airport and New Lagoon airport.

The Embassy called for calm and orderly evacuation, adding China wanted to keep its citizens safe, especially those from the hardest hit areas. A list of contact persons, timetable for evacuation, and pick-up points was also released.

The embassy said it would also provide necessary support to those who were outside "critical zones" but wish to leave Japan.

A large number of people are waiting in Narita airport to catch flights out of Japan as soon as possible. Many fear the radiation leaks may cause health hazards.

News reports on Tuesday said the earliest flight tickets available for China would be on March 23, and the tickets are expected to inflate by 4 to 5 times from normal prices.

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