March 16, 2011
In this article:
1• Nuclear power stations
2• Letting people know you are safe
3• Power cuts
4• Trains in Tokyo
5• Earthquake preparedness
6• Key news and information sites
Nuclear power stations
The British government believes that there is no significant danger to those outside of the evacuation area of the power stations. Sir John Beddington the UK’s Chief Scientific adviser and Hilary Walker, Deputy Director Emergency Preparedness at the Department of Health, gave a telephone conference at the British Embassy in Tokyo yesterday evening. Key quotes (courtesy of Philip Gibb, president of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan):
“Unequivocally, Tokyo will not be affected by the radiation fallout of explosions that have or may occur at the Fukushima nuclear power stations.”
“The radiation that has been released is miniscule and would have to be orders of 1,000 or more for it to be a threat to humans.”
“[The information being released by the Japanese government] cannot be fabricated and the Japanese authorities are posting all the readings on the recognized international information sites which they are obliged to do. Independent verification shows that the data provided is accurate”.
The Head of the British School (located in Tokyo) asked if the school should remain closed. The answer was that there is no need to close the school due to fears of radiation. However other reasons - structural damage, power cuts or possible new quakes - may require closing the school, but closing the school for radiation-related reasons is not supported by science, even for children.
UPDATE (March 18th): The transcription of the call on Tuesday March 15th is here.
Other reference on this issue:
• Japan Nuclear Leaks: Health Risks / BBC
• The worst case scenario / Scientific American
• NSE Nuclear Information Hub / MIT
• Fukushima nuclear accidents / Wikipedia
• Nuclear meltdown / Wikipedia
Letting people know you are safe
Many people have been reporting in using Facebook, but consider using the Person Finder that Google has set up, to ensure people can check whether you are safe. This is easily searchable. Be wary of spam entries.
Refer to this Map to let people know where you are in relation to the earthquake / tsunami / nuclear power stations.
A List of Embassies can be found here.
TEPCO has announced planned power outages around the Tokyo area. Most parts of central Tokyo will be unaffected. Areas have been organized into Groups with blackouts scheduled by group. To find out which group you are in check the following documents (translated into English by Google), note your group and then check the times listed for your Group below.
Please check the following documents and find if your city or ward is listed in any of the above groups. If they are, please expect outages at the times listed below.
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