Fukushima Update – 1:25am 03/19 JST

12:25pm 03/17 EST

From the BBC Live Blog: Japan’s nuclear agency says it expects that work to install power cables to Number 1 and 2 reactors at Fukushima should be finished on Saturday, NHK news agency reports. Power cables to reactors 3 and 4 should be installed by Sunday. The electricity is urgently needed to run water pumps to cool the overheated reactors.

More from BBC:  More from the IAEA’s Graham Andrew: “An important safety concern remains the spent fuel ponds at units 3 and 4. Information is lacking on water levels and temperatures at the spent fuel ponds.” It was at reactor 4’s spent fuel pond where fire broke out on Tuesday.

From FB:  There is a large stockpile of supplies in Miharu (outside Koriyama) meants for people on the coast in the disaster areas that can’t reach the coast as of yet because of the lack of fuel.

The positive of that is that there are supplies.  Negative, they aren’t where they need to be.  But they will be.  Everyone try and stay positive.

Reuters Japan
Japan nuclear situation not deteriorating: IAEA http://reut.rs/h2OofW
“The situation at the reactors at units 1, 2 and 3 appears to remain fairly stable.”

Volunteer Opportunities for people in affected areas.
Koriyama: across from City Hall – Kaiseizan park SDF relief tents are there.
Aizu: Just go to a shelter, I’ve heard you can’t register with them.  Just go.

Shelter List (click the 2nd thing box on the left hand side that says, shelters)
http://mw1.google.com/crisisresponse/2011/sendai_earthquake/google/map/sendai_earthquake_2011.html

—-A Note—-

I’m going to slow down on the posting a bit.  Last night with the lack of sleep that I have had recently I came to the realization that this has indeed consumed my life and the more time I spent on it, the more information I was putting out and the more confusing that may start to get for the people that are on the ground there.  That is the last thing I want to do.  After now having a decent night sleep and I see that was problematic.

At this point people have decided what they are doing.  There are still quite a number of people in Fukushima ken and to them I say, keep fighting the good fight and make decisions that make you comfortable.  At the same time, a lot of people have left and that’s equally as good.  For them, please, just chill out for a few days.  You’ve been through a lot and you’re safe now.

For families and friends of people over there.  Try to remain calm and do be vigilant when reading or watching news reports on this event.  As I have shown over the last week, there is a lot of sensationalist stuff out there that is aimed towards the populations NOT in Japan.  I do believe if the media knew that people over there were using them for news, they’d scale it back a bit.

B

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2 thoughts on “Fukushima Update – 1:25am 03/19 JST

  1. The problem in Japan is similar to Kartina. There were supplies but no way to get them to the people in need. It makes you wonder if these International aid organizations can make the proper decisions anymore. I also heard the roads into the areas of need are not in very good condition. Thanks for the post.

    • Everyone is doing what they can. There is a lot going on right now, so I wouldn’t necessarily question the ability of the Aid Organizations. I do know that roads to Soma and Iwaki from Koriyama are definitely intact. As far as straight across into the exclusion zone, I’m not totally sure. Minami-soma does have roads intact as they have been in touch with the mayor of Niigata and the 2 local governments are working together to get people that want to leave out of there.

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