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Radiation warnings send mobs of shoppers into stores, start hasty evacuations in Tokyo

Radiation warnings and a gentle but potentially deadly wind blowing towards Tokyo from the general direction of the melting-down Japanese nuclear power plants has caused panic shopping and hasty evacuations in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

The line for the door was getting crowded as major corporations, foreign embassies, and visiting tourists hustled to get out of dodge before the 21st Century’s version of Godzilla got to the subways of Tokyo.

Everyone in Japan is “on the Beach” now. This is getting brutal.

One area of consensus, this accident has moved past Three Mile Island in the press’ opinion. It’s now the “worst accident since Chernobyl”. Nice. That’s encouraging.

The situation is quickly getting out of control and will be soon impacting the global environment and economy in ways we can hardly imagine from our current vantage point.

Fasten your seatbelts. And get some iodine pills.

UPDATE: New Reports from on the ground in Tokyo.

Update: Japan

With all the devastation and threats of nuclear meltdown, Japan got another, horrifying, shock as bodies, that were swept out to sea by the tsunami waves, started washing up on shore. Estimates range from hundreds to thousands of bodies floating in the surf of the coast of the Miyagi Prefecture.

The Police Chief of Miyagi has stated that the waters along two of the area’s shorelines are literally choaked with bodies. Combined with the thousands of bodies being recovered from rubble and other disaster-related deaths, funeral parlors and crematoriums cannot handle the load.

Because of the risk of disease with so many dead bodies literally lying about, authorities are suspending certain rules regarding permission procedures in an effort to speed up the rate at which the bodies can be cremated. No one has spoken of mass cremations, but they would have to have been at least considered by this point. At this point, most local authorities have run out of body bags as well as the sheer space necessary to even house the dead temporarily.

Meanwhile, the nuclear reactors threaten to melt-down, the economy and infrastructure is a mess, food, water and power is still scarce in much of northeastern Japan. The government today made a plain and explicit call for help from the international community.

As ever, since Friday, our prayers and thoughts are with the people of Japan.

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