Monday, March 14, 2011

After 9.0 Earthquake in Japan, Electricity is being parsed out and shut down for hours on end. Water from tap is not safe to drink in Tokyo, report says. Details here.

From Japan Today, *here*:

Officials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama, on Saturday, following an explosion and radiation leakage at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. 
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The situation in Japan is going from disaster to more dire to worse. Destruction due to the earthquake is followed by many more quakes, called "tremors" or aftershocks. The ground is shaking. People must get down on the floor or ground to keep from falling.

The nuclear meltdowns are a nightmare come true. Volcanic eruption in southern Japan. And now news that the faucet water is not considered safe to drink, while store shelves are empty in Toyko.

Relief workers and able-bodied people from other parts of Japan are heading into radioactive areas to help distribute much needed resources being shipped in.

Pray and do what you can to help out. Prayer won't be enough.

Eat various forms of seaweed if exposed to radioactivity. Eat seven flat sheets of nori (used for sushi rolls) per day per person. Dry or prepared. And other forms of seaweed, with miso. See *this post* for more.

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Source for all that follows is *here*.
DENVER - Japan's prime minister says the country is facing its most severe challenge since World War II after a deadly earthquake and tsunami devastated the country last week.

Colorado native Charles Pribyl is a college professor currently living in Japan. He's been living in Funibashe, a city just east of Tokyo, for 23 years.
He says the bad news just keeps pouring in.
"It seems like its going to get worse before it becomes better. Everybody is really worried about radiation," Pribyl said.
A reactor at a nuclear power plant collapsed Saturday in North Eastern Japan, possibly causing radiation exposure to hundreds.
To add to the problems, the failed reactor was responsible for 25 percent of the city's electricity.
"The problem now is that they announced the rolling blackout that will be for about one month, and depending on where you live it, could be up to 3 three hours," Pribyl said.
He also says they were just told their water is unsafe to drink.
"They're trying to find the source of the contamination, but for now, they're saying drink bottled water," he said.
Pribyl says that, in itself, could be a problem. He says food, water and gas were already hard to find.
"Right now, all of the convenience stores are closed because they ran out food, because people are hoarding food now. And the gas station I usually go to is closed because they are out of gas," he said.
He says in most of the country, the shaking created by aftershocks has yet to subside.
"We are still having earthquakes about every 20-30 minutes now, and they're ranging in magnitude between 3 and 6," Pribyl said.
The devastation is really starting to set it according to Pribyl.
"Most people are still in shock. They never thought it would really happen," he said.
If you want to help, donations can be made to several different Japanese tsunami and earthquake relief funds. More information can be found here: How people can help the Japanese earthquake recovery.
Also if you are looking for a loved one in Japan, visit to register. Or contact the State Department, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747 or 202-647-5225.
(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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