Fukushima-ken Update 03/16 3:31pm – Japan time

Fukushima-ken Update. In comments. Then in note, then in link form. Then bed time. Everyone be safe and make decisions that make you the most comfortable.

Gas in fuku: Heard there MAY BE gas near kawamata (near fukushima-shi) and in minami-aizu (tajima specifically). Fuel shortages in Yamagata(BBC) South of Fukushima airport gas stations are open on the way to nasushiobara. Basically, if you get out of the prefecture or into minami aizu (tajima)

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 Yasuda Entrance. No traffic allowed back to Aizu.

Airlines: Seems like all are still running.

Roads: are still all ok throughout the prefecture, slow going moving west.

Reactors: At Daiichi – 1 is stable. 2 is stable (based on no news) White smoke (steam?) from 3.
4’s roof is cracked (Reuters:03/16 5:33am) cannot determine if fire is out or not, this is currently the most problematic one. Helicopters have started dropping water on reactors.  Taking preventive measures for 5 and 6. Work was suspended on cooling because of high levels of radiation, but workers are back now.

Radiation at front gate as of 10:55am (03/16/11) it was 2.9 milli siverts (equal to 2900 micro sivert), no harm to humans. 11am from NHK: Namie (NW of plant) radiation levels are below 200 micro siverts and that’s safe for humans.
Science ministry records 330 microsieverts of radiation 20km from Fukushima plant “More than normal but ask PM’s office about health effects”
Radiation at 330 microsieverts does not pose health risk. See graphic in this articlehttp://bit.ly/fgddjp

Article on the situation: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110315004749.htm
Radiation Levels (in Japanese, use google translate if needed)http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/feature/nuclear2011/hibaku/hibaku12.htm?from=tw
(no fukushima on there)

Wind directions: http://www.jma.go.jp/en/jikei/313.html

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. Sendai bound bus to Tokyo will resume tomorrow.

Taxis: Running from Fukushima airport to Nasushiobara station. 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.

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.

Daily reasons to not believe the hype:
* In case of a ‘reasonable worst case scenario’ (defined as total meltdown of one reactor with subsequent radioactive explosion) an exclusion zone of 30 miles (50km) would be the maximum required to avoid affecting peoples’ health. Even in a worse situation (loss of two or more reactors) it is unlikely that the damage would be significantly more than that caused by the loss of a single reactor. All from this article…with more goodies
http://on.fb.me/gC31L4
When I asked the author, Paul Atkinson, of the note to authenticate, he came back with this.
Hi Brent
No offense taken. The meeting was at the British Embassy. I attended in my capacity as Vice President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
You can check the Earthquake update on the British Embassy Japan website, which has some quotes from the meeting.
http://ukinjapan.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-british-nationals/travel-advice
Also you can read this article in the New York Times which says broadly the same thing:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/16/world/asia/16health.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

He went on further to say: Glad to hear that. But I am a dunce when it comes to nuclear issues and, like you, was very scared until I hear the experts calmly announce it was a non-event for most people in Japan.
Take care
Paul
Banana Radiation equivalent: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_equivalent_dose

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
Japan Science Media Center
http://smc-japan.sakura.ne.jp/?p=982

Twitter – I’m @brentertainer – follow:
BBCWorld, BBCBreaking, DailyYomiuri, TomokoHosaka, norishikata, Reuters

Blackout Group Time Checker,
http://machi.userlocal.jp/teiden/en.php

For a full list of TEPCO power outage Groups, visithttp://tinyurl.com/TEPCOPowerCuts

Everyone be safe.

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