It’s been pretty crazy around here for the past week, so I didn’t get a chance to post anything. First, many thanks to people who asked how we were doing. We were untouched here by the earthquake, and are far enough inland that the tsunami was not a factor, but working with what’s left has still been a little difficult. We have some friends who are living close to the Daiichi nuclear power complex, others have been asking us to try to locate relatives, and trying to stay on top of what is happening is draining, but what else to do? Right now they are telling volunteers to pretty much stay away: you’d just eat food and drink water that people there desperately need, but once things stabilize we will try to help.
In the midst of it I was able to go to the dojo a couple of times. It’s an island of sanity.
Meanwhile here is a collection of links I’ve been paying attention to. Maybe some will be useful to people:
- NHK Person Finder with information on people in evacuation centres. Their data is still very incomplete, so not finding a person doesn’t mean all is lost. Many centres don’t have good communication. Still, if you’re looking for someone and their name comes up, it’s worth it.
- Latest NHK news updates on the crisis as a whole.
- Radiation monitoring in areas close to Japan’s nuclear power plants. Unfortunately their sensors in Fukushima and Miyagi are still offline, either because they were destroyed, lack power, or can’t communicate (needs Flash).
- Radiation monitoring in other areas, primarily Tokyo. This site is very disorganized but there is some good data to be found if you search.
- Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has occasional updates. They also have an English page that summarizes the previous day’s data. This tends to be technical, but at a time when the media don’t seem to really understand what they are talking about, that’s useful.
- Projected wind trajectory from the Daiichi plant based on current weather information and prediction models. Since they are venting radioactive materials into the air, much depends on which way the wind is blowing. It’s in Finnish but you can get the idea.
- Weather conditions and forecast in Sendai, which seems to be the closest weather station available.
- NHK World television live streaming (often directly in English or with English voiceover). Excellent source of semi-independent information. They station a helicopter 30km away from the plant during daylight hours.
Meanwhile with all this going on, all the other dangers of life continue as usual. Please take care.