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Residents Flee Tokyo Amid Nuclear Threat

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We begin with the latest on the devastating earthquake and tsunami that have crippled parts of Japan. In Tokyo today, many are trying to fly out of the country... concerned about the situation at a nuclear power plant in the country's northeast.

Tokyo's Haneda Airport was crowded with families on Wednesday, as worried residents left the Japanese capital amid a nuclear power plant crisis.

Long lines formed at check-in counters, and flights were fully booked as parents with small children left the capital.

In Fukushima, workers were ordered to withdraw briefly from a stricken Japanese nuclear power plant on Wednesday after radiation levels surged, a development that suggested the crisis was spiraling out of control.

Just hours earlier another fire broke out at the earthquake-crippled facility, which has sent low levels of radiation wafting into Tokyo in the past 24 hours, triggering fear in the capital and international alarm.

Japanese media report a helicopter has also been deployed to pour water on to No. 3 reactor to try to cool its fuel rods. Its roof was damaged by an earlier explosion.

Workers are trying to build a road so fire trucks could reach reactor No. 4. Flames were no longer visible at the building housing the reactor, but TV pictures show rising smoke or steam.

Some Tokyo residents are taking no chances.

[Eiichi Inaka, Construction Company Employee]:
"The nuclear situation is the most worrisome. My children are small and they have their life ahead of them and I don't want them to become contaminated by nuclear fallout. The Fukushima nuclear plant is the most worrisome."

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