Tokyo shoppers clean store shelves of basic goods (AP) – 574th Edition

A worker prepares to load boxes containing bottles of water onto a truck to distribute to households with infants, at a warehouse in Tokyo Thursday, March 24, 2011. Anxiety over Japan's food and water supplies soared following warnings about radiation leaking from Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant into Tokyo's tap water at levels unsafe for babies over the long term. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)AP – Nearly two weeks of rolling blackouts, distribution problems and contamination fears prompted by a leaking, tsunami-damaged nuclear plant have left shelves stripped bare of some basic necessities in stores across Tokyo. Some people are even turning to the city’s ubiquitous vending machines to find increasingly scarce bottles of water.

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