Stores across South Korea are seeing salt disappear from shelves. Buyers say they want to stock up ahead of possible contamination from radiation in Japan. Others are under the impression that ingesting it offers protection from radioactive iodine.
South Koreans have gone on a salt buying binge. That has prompted the price of salt to nearly double since this time a year ago.
Some are calling it an irrational reaction to the nuclear power plant accident in Japan.
Seoul housewife Lee Jeong-hwa says she heard that sea water could start being affected by radiation from Japan by Wednesday, if not earlier.