Anxious time for quake survivors from North East

A Darlington man based near to the quake-hit Japanese nuclear power station has said he is "anxious" and cannot leave because of a lack of fuel.

Meanwhile, a group of 45 Nissan staff from Sunderland who were on a business trip close to the Fukushima plant are waiting to be flown home.

All members of the group are said to be safe and well.

Plant operators are battling to prevent a meltdown at the nuclear facility, 155 miles north of Tokyo.

Thousands are feared to have died in the worst-affected areas after Friday's earthquake and tsunami.

Marc Kemp, 26, is an English teacher in Japan and originally from Darlington.

He said: "It's been disaster after disaster. We had the earthquake and then the tsunami. Then we were told there were problems with reactors.

"We were rationed to 10 litres of fuel and now all the petrol has sold out.

"I'm pretty anxious. I'm not quite sure what is going to happen."

Production halted

The Nissan factory workers were among a group on business in Japan.

The spokeswoman said: "Our thoughts are with their families and are with all those who have been affected."

Nissan, which employs 4,200 people in Sunderland, said it was unclear how the situation in Japan would affect production in the North East.

The North East staff had been working at Nissan's four sites in Japan, all of which have now halted production.

One of the facilities is close to the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The others are south of Tokyo.

Staff in Sunderland, which include many Japanese nationals, are expected to be briefed on the situation later.

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