TOKYO (majirox news) – The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo announced that they have arranged for over 600 seats on several buses for transportation from Sendai City Hall to Tokyo. Priority for seats will be given to U.S. citizens and their immediate dependents. Passengers will have to sign a promissory note to reimburse the U.S. Government for the normal bus fare from Sendai to Tokyo.
The first buses will load Friday and Saturday morning.
U.S. Embassy providing transportation, U.S. citizens should consider leaving Japan
The U.S. Embassy will provide transportation for its citizens to locations in Asia on March 17.
“The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo informs U.S. citizens in Japan who wish to depart that the Department of State is making arrangements to provide transportation to safehaven locations in Asia. This assistance will be provided on a reimbursable basis, as required by U.S. law. U.S. citizens who travel on US government-arranged transport will be expected to make their own onward travel plans from the safehaven location. Flights to evacuation points will begin departing Japan on Thursday, March 17. There will be a limited number of seats available on evacuation flights departing from Narita and Haneda airports on March 17. Priority will be given to persons with medical emergencies or severe medical conditions.”
The U.S. Department of State told its citizens earlier today that they should consider leaving Japan as the situation deteriorates.
“The U.S. Department of State warns U.S citizens of the deteriorating situation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recommends that U.S. citizens who live within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant evacuate the area or take shelter indoors if safe evacuation is not practical. The State Department strongly urges U.S. citizens to defer travel to Japan at this time and those in Japan should consider departing. On March 16, 2011, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure from Japan of eligible family members of U.S.
government personnel in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Yokohama.”