GREAT NECK - As the nuclear crisis is growing more dire in Japan, Long Islanders with family there are becoming more concerned for their relatives' safety.

After the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, it took Hitoshi Sasaki, of Great Neck, two harrowing hours to get in touch with his parents in Tokyo. Despite a shortage of food and water, he says they are doing fine. However, he's most concerned for his aunts and uncles who live near the ill-fated Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

Sasaki says one of his aunts lived just 5 miles from the nuclear plant, but her home was destroyed by the tsunami. He fears that she and other family members have been exposed to radiation, including his pregnant niece.

Sasaki says despite reassurances from the Japanese government that radiation levels in the county aren't high enough to cause harm, his loved ones are worried.

In two weeks, Sasaki was set to go to visit Japan with his 5-year-old son, but he has postponed his trip.