Washington: The US government urged
Americans on Sunday to avoid travel to Japan following the
devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the country.
"The Department of State requests all non-essential
official US government personnel defer travel to Japan and
also urges US citizens to avoid tourism and non-essential
travel to Japan at this time," said a travel advisory issued
by the department.
The department said that many roads had been damaged
in the Tokyo area and in northern Japan, and strong
aftershocks were likely to continue for weeks.
The advisory contained no mention of a feared meltdown
of two reactors at a quake-hit nuclear plant in northeastern
Japan where more than 10,000 were feared dead.
An explosion at the ageing Fukushima No. 1 atomic
plant blew apart the building housing one of its reactors
yesterday, a day after the biggest quake ever recorded in
Japan unleashed a monster 10-metre tsunami.
The atomic emergency widened today as the cooling
systems vital for preventing overheating failed at a second
reactor, and the government warned there was a risk it too
could be hit with a blast.