The Japanese Tsunami and Earthquake –Links You Need

An essential list of links to follow the Japanese Tsunami and Earthquake–both to see what has happened and to keep up with what is happening now. I’ll be adding to this list as I find new ones.

A set of amazing photos–lots and lots of them. I got the photo at the top from there.

A map of Japan with an updating overlay of earthquakes and uploaded videos etc. as they become available.

An incredibly easy to understand explanation of how Nuclear Power plants work and how this relates to Fukushima. Here’s a decent video, too.

Twitter.com search –put in specific terms like volcano (there has been at least two eruptions) or Fukushima which is where I got the following press release.

Press release from TEPCO (owner of Fukushima’s Nuclear Power Plant)

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Added 8:33pm Saturday

More press releases from TEPCO

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Added 9:12pm Saturday

Newseum’s front pages of today’s newspapers.  Fascinating.

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UPDATED SUNDAY 8:33 VOLCANO ERUPTION IN JAPAN

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Added 9:05 am

More Video footage of tsunami hitting here.

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Added 9:15

Excellent and reassuring post about the nuclear situation in Fukushima


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Added 10:05

Over 50 Photos of Japan’s crisis

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Added 10:10

Horrifying before and after photos of various cities in Japan.  You can’t believe the absolute total destruction of entire cities.

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Added 10:25

Video of Sendai as the water pours in.

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Added 10:45

photo and story of 65 year old survivor of tsunami found 10 miles out at sea!

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For keeping up with events The Japan Times has great coverage. Specifically, this story about Japan’s Prime Minister looking at “sunnyside up” version of life is ….interesting.

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Added 11:20

More amazing before and after photos–the last two are particularly compelling.  I’d call them “It’s Good to Live on a Mountain.”

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Added 12:00

More reassuring words about the reactor situation in Fukushima

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More Video from BBC the reporter says that a local official is estimating that his area alone lost 10,000 people.

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Added 1:10

Groups are working to rescue animals in Japan.  Here is a sample of one reunion that I found on Facebook.

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Added1:25

Moving Video of the Aftermath in Japan

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Added 2:30

Detailed story about the volcano which erupted today in Japan.

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Added 3:03

Nuclear Energy Institute answers questions

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Added 5:48 This is from the International Atomic Energy Agency:

Based on information provided by Japanese authorities, the IAEA can confirm the following information about the status of Units 1, 2 and 3 at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Unit 1 is being powered by mobile power generators on site, and work continues to restore power to the plant. There is currently no power via off-site power supply or backup diesel generators being provided to the plant. Seawater and boron are being injected into the reactor vessel to cool the reactor. Due to the explosion on 12 March, the containment building has been lost.

Unit 2 is being powered by mobile power generators on site, and work continues to restore power to the plant. There is currently neither off-site power supply nor backup diesel generators providing power to the plant. The reactor core is being cooled through reactor core isolation cooling, a procedure used to remove heat from the core. The current reactor water level is lower than normal but remains steady. The containment building is intact at Unit 2.

Unit 3 does not have off-site power supply nor backup diesel generators providing power to the plant. As the high pressure injection system and other attempts to cool the reactor core have failed, injection of water and boron into the reactor vessel has commenced. Water levels inside the reactor vessel increased steadily for a certain amount of time but readings indicating the water level inside the pressure vessel are no longer showing an increase. The reason behind this is unknown at this point in time. To relieve pressure, venting of the containment started on 13 March at 9:20AM local Japan time. Planning is underway to reduce the concentration of hydrogen inside the containment building. The containment building is intact at Unit 3.

The IAEA is seeking information about the status of spent fuel at the Daiichi plant.

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  • Kym… You’ve done such a great job on all of this. Thanks so much. I wonder if it would be good to do a post on the link that Talia Rose mentioned. It is excellent.

    • I’ve considered writing a post about how to respond to a radiation emergency like that which could result if Fukushima spews radiation. But I’m worrying about causing unnecessary fear. There is such a fine line between covering the news and getting people hysterical about events that haven’t happened. If Fukushima does do something we have a few days to prepare so I’m holding off.

      Maybe I should write it but just not publish it. That way I could get it out fast…

      • That would be a good idea.
        I believe you should be the ‘official’ Emergency Info Channel.. I love that you have taken the time to track down all these stories. Thank you.. 🙂

  • Kym… You’ve done such a great job on all of this. Thanks so much. I wonder if it would be good to do a post on the link that Talia Rose mentioned. It is excellent.

    • I’ve considered writing a post about how to respond to a radiation emergency like that which could result if Fukushima spews radiation. But I’m worrying about causing unnecessary fear. There is such a fine line between covering the news and getting people hysterical about events that haven’t happened. If Fukushima does do something we have a few days to prepare so I’m holding off.

      Maybe I should write it but just not publish it. That way I could get it out fast…

      • That would be a good idea.
        I believe you should be the ‘official’ Emergency Info Channel.. I love that you have taken the time to track down all these stories. Thank you.. 🙂

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  • Pay close attention to the news in the coming hours, folks. This is very important.

    CNN wire staff just recently reported here “Japanese Authorities Rush to Save Lives, Avert Nuclear Crisis”:

    Sendai, Japan (CNN) — Japanese authorities are operating on the presumption that possible meltdowns are under way at two nuclear reactors, two days after a massive earthquake, a government official said Sunday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano added, however, that there have been no indications yet of hazardous emissions of radioactive material into the atmosphere.

    Edano told reporters there is a “possibility” of a meltdown at the plant’s No. 1 reactor, adding, “It is inside the reactor. We can’t see.” He then said authorities are also “assuming the possibility of a meltdown” at the facility’s No. 3 reactor.

    A meltdown is a catastrophic failure of the reactor core, with a potential for widespread radiation release.

    Edano said only a “minor level” of radiation has been released into the environment — saying it all came from a controlled release of radioactive steam, insisting there have been no leaks and it is not harmful to human health.

    About 180,000 people were being evacuated from within 10 to 20 kilometers (6 to 12 miles) of the Daiichi plant, in addition to the thousands that have already been taken away who live closer by. More than 30,000 more were being evacuated from their homes within 10 kilometers of the Fukushima Daiini nuclear facility located in the same prefecture.”

    Stay tuned, listen to the news, Sunday morning will perhaps bring us a different scenario– for better or for far worse.

  • Pay close attention to the news in the coming hours, folks. This is very important.

    CNN wire staff just recently reported here “Japanese Authorities Rush to Save Lives, Avert Nuclear Crisis”:

    Sendai, Japan (CNN) — Japanese authorities are operating on the presumption that possible meltdowns are under way at two nuclear reactors, two days after a massive earthquake, a government official said Sunday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano added, however, that there have been no indications yet of hazardous emissions of radioactive material into the atmosphere.

    Edano told reporters there is a “possibility” of a meltdown at the plant’s No. 1 reactor, adding, “It is inside the reactor. We can’t see.” He then said authorities are also “assuming the possibility of a meltdown” at the facility’s No. 3 reactor.

    A meltdown is a catastrophic failure of the reactor core, with a potential for widespread radiation release.

    Edano said only a “minor level” of radiation has been released into the environment — saying it all came from a controlled release of radioactive steam, insisting there have been no leaks and it is not harmful to human health.

    About 180,000 people were being evacuated from within 10 to 20 kilometers (6 to 12 miles) of the Daiichi plant, in addition to the thousands that have already been taken away who live closer by. More than 30,000 more were being evacuated from their homes within 10 kilometers of the Fukushima Daiini nuclear facility located in the same prefecture.”

    Stay tuned, listen to the news, Sunday morning will perhaps bring us a different scenario– for better or for far worse.

  • Associated Press now reporting, “Japanese Government Warns of Fresh Explosion Threat”:

    “Date: Sun. Mar. 13 2011 3:15 AM ET”
    “TOKYO — Japan’s top government spokesman is warning of a fresh threat of explosion from a nuclear unit at a power plant in the country’s earthquake-ravaged northeast.

    Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Sunday that a hydrogen explosion could occur at Unit 3 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex. That would follow a blast the day before at the same power plant as operators attempted to prevent a nuclear meltdown of another unit by injecting sea water into it.

    More than 170,000 people were evacuated as a precaution, though Edano said the radioactivity released so far into the environment is so small it does not pose any threat to human health.”

  • Associated Press now reporting, “Japanese Government Warns of Fresh Explosion Threat”:

    “Date: Sun. Mar. 13 2011 3:15 AM ET”
    “TOKYO — Japan’s top government spokesman is warning of a fresh threat of explosion from a nuclear unit at a power plant in the country’s earthquake-ravaged northeast.

    Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Sunday that a hydrogen explosion could occur at Unit 3 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex. That would follow a blast the day before at the same power plant as operators attempted to prevent a nuclear meltdown of another unit by injecting sea water into it.

    More than 170,000 people were evacuated as a precaution, though Edano said the radioactivity released so far into the environment is so small it does not pose any threat to human health.”

  • News of Tokyo battling to avert a meltdown at three stricken reactors at the Fukushima plant in what is the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster is bewilderingly slim to none recently. The news agencies have been scarce in their reporting as of late.

    Fears of a nuclear meltdown at present are very real and terrifying Japan– and the world– as we speak.

    Our local Times Standard newspaper was remarkably devoid mentioning the smallest sliver of this looming disaster today. Heraldo and Readers have astoundingly moved to discussing the Eureka City Council and marijuana dispensaries as the topic du jour.

    Meanwhile, the biggest manmade disaster in the last 3 decades looms worldwide before our eyes and ears.

    950 miles from Sendai’s quake’s aftermath, southern Japan’s Shinmoedake volcano blew its top off sending ash 4700 feet up into the air as Kym reported in her surprising article and video link.

    Reports are slowly coming in indicating the major earthquake hitting Japan may have triggered volcanoes in Russia and Indonesia as well. While these reports are still vague, there’s a strong correlation between the two occurrences. In Russia, there are reports that earthquakes were felt during the eruption.

    Japan’s Prime Minister Kan, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times report Japan is clearly “facing its worst crisis since WWII.”

  • News of Tokyo battling to avert a meltdown at three stricken reactors at the Fukushima plant in what is the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster is bewilderingly slim to none recently. The news agencies have been scarce in their reporting as of late.

    Fears of a nuclear meltdown at present are very real and terrifying Japan– and the world– as we speak.

    Our local Times Standard newspaper was remarkably devoid mentioning the smallest sliver of this looming disaster today. Heraldo and Readers have astoundingly moved to discussing the Eureka City Council and marijuana dispensaries as the topic du jour.

    Meanwhile, the biggest manmade disaster in the last 3 decades looms worldwide before our eyes and ears.

    950 miles from Sendai’s quake’s aftermath, southern Japan’s Shinmoedake volcano blew its top off sending ash 4700 feet up into the air as Kym reported in her surprising article and video link.

    Reports are slowly coming in indicating the major earthquake hitting Japan may have triggered volcanoes in Russia and Indonesia as well. While these reports are still vague, there’s a strong correlation between the two occurrences. In Russia, there are reports that earthquakes were felt during the eruption.

    Japan’s Prime Minister Kan, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times report Japan is clearly “facing its worst crisis since WWII.”

  • Some great links here Kym. Thank you for not only posting them, but for taking the time to find and compile them all.

  • Some great links here Kym. Thank you for not only posting them, but for taking the time to find and compile them all.

  • I don’t have the words……

  • I don’t have the words……

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