Foreign governments are asking that their citizens leave Japan due to the uncertainty of further impact from the current events.
Meanwhile the first chartered flights to evacuate foreign citizens from Japan have taken off as efforts to douse a stricken nuclear power plant with water from the air continue.
Britain and the United States have chartered flights for nationals trying to leave and China relocated thousands of its citizens to Tokyo, for evacuation.
In a statement, Britain's Foreign Office said that the first British charter flight departs on Saturday March 18 from Narita airport.
The first US charter flight left tonight March 17 from Tokyo with 100 Americans on board, per the US Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy, as reported by MSNBC.
The Australian government has not organized charter flights for expatriates as yet, instead advising that they take commercial flights home. They've also issued a travel advisory, "do not travel" for Tokyo and its surrounding areas and Honshu Island, north of Tokyo.
There is also a US advisory asking people to stay clear of an 80-kilometre “exclusion zone” from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which is about 240 kilometres north of Tokyo. Meanwhile snow has fallen in Tokyo which may be contaminated with nuclear radiation!
As of this writing, the number of dead and missing approaches 15,000.