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Panic on seafood,tap water safety plagues Japan

2011-03-23 13:40:27 GMT2011-03-23 21:40:27(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Shelves where local bottled water are placed are empty as imported bottled water are seen for sale at a convenience store in central Tokyo March 23, 2011. Japanese authorities advised against allowing infants to drink tap water in Tokyo due to raised radiation levels and the United States became the first nation to block some food imports from Japan. The crisis at the tsunami-smashed nuclear power plant, 250 km (150 miles) north of the Japanese capital, appeared far from over with workers attempting to gain control ordered to leave the site after black smoke began rising from one of its six reactors. The plant was crippled by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11.[Photo/Agencies]

A woman buys bottled water imported from France at a convenience store in central Tokyo March 23, 2011.[Photo/Agencies]

An official from Thailand's Food and Drug Administration takes a sample to test food imported from Japan, before the tsunami and earthquake, for radioactivity at Suvarnabhumi cargo in Bangkok March 23, 2011.[Photo/Agencies]

Sushi chefs Takami Minematsu (L) and Yoshitada Tamura wait for customers at a sushi restaurant in the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo March 22, 2011. The tsunami that hit Japan this month took such a huge toll on people, equipment and fish that supplies of some seafood could be cut off for a year or more, industry workers said on Tuesday.[Photo/Agencies]

A woman holds a cabbage at a greengrocery in the Togoshi Ginza in Tokyo March 23, 2011. Further contamination of vegetables added to global anxiety on Wednesday at radiation from Japan's tsunami-smashed nuclear plant where engineers are struggling to cool reactors in the world's worst atomic crisis for 25 years.[Photo/Agencies]

A vendor looks at vegetables at a greengrocery in the Togoshi Ginza in Tokyo March 23, 2011. Further contamination of vegetables added to global anxiety on Wednesday at radiation from Japan's tsunami-smashed nuclear plant where engineers are struggling to cool reactors in the world's worst atomic crisis for 25 years.[Photo/Agencies]

Japanese authorities advised against allowing infants to drink tap water in Tokyo due to raised radiation levels and the United States became the first nation to block some food imports from Japan. The crisis at the tsunami-smashed nuclear power plant, 250 km (150 miles) north of the Japanese capital, appeared far from over with workers attempting to gain control ordered to leave the site after black smoke began rising from one of its six reactors. The plant was crippled by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

(Agencies)

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