State just called an 1130pm phone presser on Japan with U/S Pat kennedy, Deputy Energy Sec Dan Ponneman, Unusual late night presser
about 1 hour ago via web
About 600 dependents of US dip personnel in Japan affected, US will provide charter planes to help facilitate voluntary departures
32 minutes ago
US authorizing not ordering voluntary departure of family members/dependents from USEmb Tokyo, consulate Nagoya, embassy continues to work
33 minutes ago
@W7VOA Steve Herman
US gov’t bringing aircraft to Tokyo for citizens who want to leave, authorizing voluntary departure of family members of embassy staff.
20 minutes ago via TweetDeck
@chicoharlan Chico Harlan
The State Dept has authorized voluntary departure for employees in Tokyo, Yokohama and Nagoya.
18 minutes ago
Updated @1:07 am: State Department issued the following Travel Warning on March 16:
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S citizens of the deteriorating situation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recommends that U.S. citizens who live within 50 miles (80 km) of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant evacuate the area or take shelter indoors if safe evacuation is not practical. The State Department strongly urges U.S. citizens to defer travel to Japan at this time and those in Japan should consider departing. On March 16, 2011, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure from Japan of eligible family members of U.S. government personnel in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Yokohama. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Alert dated March 13, 2011.
Read the whole thing here.