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Concern over the after-effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan continue to dominate Twitter trends in the UK. #HelpJapan, a hashtag sponsored by the Red Cross, is at the top of the list.

Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami

As of early this afternoon, there were no reports of any British deaths, but the BBC reported that by yesterday evening, some 4,000 people had contacted the Foreign Office’s emergency line seeking information about missing friends and relatives.

The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice to warn against all non-essential travel to Tokyo and north-eastern Japan.

The UK International Search and Rescue (Isar) arrived in Ofunato on Japan’s east coast, about 100 miles north of Sendai. According to the BBC, the team says that there may be survivors in the many large buildings that are damaged but still standing.  Another 12-member team from the International Rescue Corps, based in Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, is also en route to help on the ground.

@BritishRedCross: A Japanese Red Cross team in Hyogo prefecture – the same place affected by the Kobe earthquake in 1995

@BritishRedCross: Answers to your questions about helping Japan

@BBCBreaking: #Japan officials say radiation may already have been released at Fukushima #nuclear plant

@gunners_girl: I want to organise a fundraiser in TUNBRIDGE WELLS for JAPAN crisis. Can anyone help? Please get in touch and RT if interested.

Clapham Common

As noted in today’s Royal Roundup, BBC News reports that Clapham Common in south London could be turned into a campsite for 10,000 visitors for the royal wedding. The idea generated lots of opinions on Twitter.

@ChukaUmunna: I have deep reservations about Clapham Common being turned into a mass campsite for the Royal Wedding weekend –

@Slinky75: Why camp on Clapham Common for the royal wedding when Green Park or St James’ Park are so much more convenient?

@skipsumlin: If any of my followers are considering camping out on Clapham Common or anywhere for the royal wedding; unfollow and think about your life.

@moodshine: never have i been happier that i no longer live in clapham


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By Paul Hechinger