Survivors of Japanese quake now live under nuclear shadow
JAPAN'S prime minister, Naoto Kan, says that the devastating earthquake that has struck his country has brought about its greatest crisis since World War Two.
This is a clear indication that the authorities expect a far higher death toll than the number, more than 10,000, estimated to date. It also shows that they are conscious of the wider effects, which in the present case go far beyond the loss of life and physical destruction.
Food hoarding and petrol station queues are manageable in a well-governed and well-organised country like Japan. The economic effects could prove serious: they will certainly make an impact on the world's nervous financial markets. But another development is more terrifying.