Even though not all of Japan was hit by today’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake, the U.S. Department of State has issued a travel alert, urging U.S. citizens to “to avoid tourism and non-essential travel to Japan at this time.”
The alert, which is set to last through April 1, points out both the temporary shutdown of airports, highways and trains in the Tokyo region and the long-term damage to roads and infrastructure done in the area.
“Strong aftershocks are likely for weeks following a strong earthquake such as this one,” advises the State Dept.
For Americans currently in Japan, the alert urges them to make contact with stateside family and friends “to confirm their well-being at the earliest opportunity.” Citizens may also contact the State Dept. directly via JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov.
For those in the U.S. looking for updated information on travel and security in Japan, they can call 1-888-407-4747. Outside the U.S., they would need to call 1-202-501-4444.
Travel Alert [Travel.state.gov]