Sunday, March 13, 2011
The Problem is NOT the nuclear power plant
Above: I am being asked, as a non-native living in Japan, to inform my home country about the real problem here in Japan. It is apparently* NOT the nuclear power plant, although that is a serious problem. In 1979, there was an incident in Pennsylvania known as The Three Mile Island accident. That accident (click here) was apparently a "Level 7" emergency. At the nuclear reactor here in Fukushima, we are apparently at a "Level 4" emergency level. Therefore, the government here in Japan is asking (yellow box in the lower left corner of the image above) us to inform our home country that while it is a danger, the reactor has not exploded and there is not going to be a massive fallout around the world causing massive death and disease. They are not ruling out a chance of an increased chance of obtaining a disease here because of some of the radiation that is released, but the problem is NOT as dire as the international media is making it out to be.
Therefore, we need to keep our focus on the main problem here and that is the aftermath of the massive tsunami's. The news here is reporting that the total fatality toll could be more than 10,000 people with over 31,000 taking refuge in evacuation shelters around the country. Because the nuclear reactor is out of commission, millions of people are without power. The NE area of the main island of Honshu, where the brunt of the tsunami's hit, can still be very cold at this time of year. Consequently, you have to imagine the problems that this area of the country is having right now without power, without a home to go home to and with little fresh water available. Food and other aid is getting to them, but it is gradual and it is not bottomless. Please help in whatever way that you can. As more opportunities rise on how you can indeed help, whether through donations or whatever, I will let you know. However, I'm guessing the local red cross and other similar organizations will have ideas and suggestions on how you can help Japan at this traumatic time.
*I am not an expert here. I am only a messenger. I have been watching the news pretty much non-stop since this accident started. It is not dramatized here, but filled with facts and figures. And I truly believe that they are doing everything they possibly can to rescue, aid and protect the people who have been affected and could possible be in danger from the nuclear power plant.