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Countries Warn Against Travel to Japan

Because of the earthquake that hit Japan on Friday, which has been followed with more than 150 aftershocks and a tsunami, countries around the world have warned their citizens of non-essential travel to the country. This comes mostly due to food and water shortages, as well as power and communications outages.

The United States Department of State issued an updated travel warning on Sunday, advising citizens to avoid visiting Japan. They have also requested that all non-emergency government personnel defer travel to the country. It’s likely the nation will suffer strong aftershocks for weeks, they noted.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised against all but essential travel, advising that people stay away from Tokyo and northeast Japan unless they have a very compelling reason to. People should take their lead from local authorities, they added.

French, German, Australian and Canadian governments have advised their nationals against travel to these areas as well. They are citing the good chance of strong aftershocks hitting these areas in the next 3 days, as well as the risk of a radiation leak at a nuclear power plant that has been damaged and in a partial meltdown. This plant and another have been shutdown, and rolling power cuts were due to start today.

This comes as airlines begin resuming flights to Japan after delays and cancellations. Many carriers are allowing passengers to reschedule or cancel their trips without being charged a fee, and many customers seem to be taking them up on that offer.

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