Local actress leaves quake zone
A YOUNG Murwillumbah actress who arrived in Tokyo about a week before the terrifying earthquake and tsunami has left the country.
Rachael Baker, 18, works as a princess for Disneyland and flew out of Japan on Saturday.
“Disney is sending us home for two weeks just until things smooth over and until the park can actually reopen,” Miss Baker said.
“But I am not returning to Australia, I am taking this opportunity to go to LA to visit some of my old friends and some of my new friends that I’ve met here in Japan.”
The Fukushima nuclear plant was crippled 10 days ago by the 9-magnitude quake, but the Japanese Government has insisted there is no widespread threat of radiation.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is advising Australians in Tokyo to leave unless their presence is essential.
“We have various news channels on our TV, CNN and BBC as well as all of the Japanese channels, so we were all pretty-well informed about everything that was happening,” Miss Baker said.
“We would also receive email updates from the Australian and US embassies.”
Miss Baker said the attitude of the Japanese people was positive.
“The Japanese people where I am around seem to be going on with life as usual, getting the streets cleaned up and trying to get everything back to normal as quick as possible,” she said.
“Disney is trying to get the park reopened as soon as possible.
"They are doing a great job getting everything organised.”
The number of people confirmed dead or listed as missing in Japan neared 20,000 at the weekend.