Comments: Epic

Here is a blog I found via links yesterday.

http://hikosaemon.blogspot.com/2011/03/eathquake-update-general-and-tokyo.html

He is in Tokyo and the top 2 posts as of today are about the earthquake. I think they are most excellent updates.

It has been so awful. I wish I could do more than just pray and donate money. These things make me feel utterly useless even though I know there is nothing I could do over there to actually help. *sigh*

Posted by Teresa at March 13, 2011 05:24 PM

Some of those reactor workers are going to die, but they remained in place and made sure the plants did not kill a whole lot more. The radiation levels were most likely high enough for them to get fatal doses either in short term (weeks to a few months) or long term (a few years to a decade or so). Duty first, self second. They did their duty.

Posted by HH at March 13, 2011 07:18 PM

The radiation inside the buildings got to 1000x the usual background radiation. Background radiation is high enough to give people cancer only rarely, maybe once every 1000 years. So being exposed to 1000x the background radiation would kill you with cancer in about a year. So, back of envelope calculation: being exposed to 1000x normal background for an 8-hour shift will give you something like a 0.1% chance of getting cancer.

Posted by Carl Brannen at March 13, 2011 09:59 PM

Doggie friend of mine in Japan, who lives 25 miles outside of Toyko, was in Toyko the day of the quake.

It took her 8 hours to get home via walking and getting a cab for the last 3 hours home.

For her just a lot of things knocked off the shelves and one very freaked out doggie, who is still freaking out from every small quake now. But otherwise she is fine.

She was just told they may start losing power during the day due to the Nuclear Plants so they are being asked to conserve as much power as possible. Store shelves have been cleaned out of food and water.

Posted by Quality Weenie at March 14, 2011 11:04 AM

Oh and my BIL was in Hawaii for the Tsunami, he said the sirens were screaming and they were told they had to leave the hotel and moved to higher ground.

He said it was surreal and a little freaky.

Posted by Quality Weenie at March 14, 2011 11:05 AM

.... it is horrible..... and if those reactors go, good grief.....

Posted by Eric at March 14, 2011 03:21 PM