Fukushima-ken Update 03/16 6:27am (Japan Time)

March 16th, morning info for Fukushima people…some info will be the same, some has changed.  All times are Japan times.  Please comment if you know anything more than what I have here or if you know one of these things to be incorrect.  Send me any info you can about any or all of this as well.

03/16 6:26am (Japan time) 5:26pm EST
Gas in fuku: Heard there MAY BE gas near kawamata…Fuel shortages in Yamagata(BBC)

Niigata: Niigata city has gas (small lines) and food.  Water is a little short.  Roads going that way are slow going and snow is falling as of 2am.  Before Niigata city, there are lines of people waiting for gas.  You can use the expressway in Niigata.
Airlines:  European Airlines seem to be operating normally out of Narita, hopefully that’s the case for others.
Roads: are still all ok throughout the prefecture, slow going moving west.

Reactors: This section is a bit muddled, getting harder to tell what’s what. Have put links to International Atomic Energy Agency at the bottom
1 and 3 are stable, water is being supplied to 2, Radiation at front gate as of 3:30pm (03/15/11) it was 596.4 micro siverts, no harm to humans. 4, last solid info was that fire was out (03/15, 8pm) but water level is low(03/16 4am) and roof is cracked (Reuters:03/16 5:33am) (there were reports of an explosion, from Reuters and BBC but I haven’t seen it widely reported so may be old), taking preventive measures for 5 and 6.
Situation is said to be now closer to a International Nuclear Event Scale Level 6 event…still a 5.  On a scale of 7. 6 means significant release of radioactive material likely to require implementation of planned countermeasures.

UPDATE: 6:47am – from twitter
FLASH: Fire breaks out at Japan Fukushima Daiichi No. 4 reactor -NHK quotes Tokyo Electric Power http://bit.ly/exf0jw

Buses: Seems buses are running from Iwaki to the Fuku Airport, and potentially Koriyama to Fukushima and Aizu. Aizu bus is running 4 a day to Niigata (http://bit.ly/hJcXyi). Niigata buses are also running to Kanto and Kansai…kansai for sure.

UPDATE (7am):Taxis: Are running from fukushima airport to Nasushiobara. Will cost between 20,000 and 40,000 yen.

Trains: Niigata trains and shinkansens running. South of Ishikawa in Nasushiobara the Tohoku Shinkansen is running.

Wind directions: Wind directions for next 3 days in Fukushima:
English(by the hour): http://www.jma.go.jp/en/jikei/313.html
Japanese: http://www.jma.go.jp/jp/yoho/313.html

Evacuation zone: still 20km from Power plants, but people within 30km have to stay indoors – Namie, Minami-souma, Iitate and Northwestern Iwaki are included in the 30km zone.

Money: It’s been said that people will be able to take out cash without cards, passbooks or hankos.  ATM’s working in Aizu.

Reasons to not believe the hype:
Twitter: The White House has said it is not advising Americans to leave Tokyo at present.
BBC: The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has said Japan’s response to the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant has been in line with its own safety policies. Japan has recommended evacuation up to 20km (12 miles) around the reactors and advised people within 30km (19 miles) of the reactor to remain inside. “Those recommendations parallel the protective actions the United States would suggest should dose limits reach 1 rem to the entire body and 5 rem for the thyroid, an organ particularly susceptible to radiation uptake. The currently reported Japanese radiation measurements are well below these guidelines,”

Links I’m using for info:
Live stream of NHK in English
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nhk-world-tv
BBC Live feed (don’t watch vid just use updates on the left)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12307698
International Atomic Energy Agency
http://www.iaea.org/press/?page_id=97
Twitter – I’m @brentertainer – follow:
BBCWorld, BBCBreaking, DailyYomiuri, TomokoHosaka, norishikata, Reuters

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