Links from Japan's Crisis

Gray smoke rises. Fukushima nuclear plant has some workers evacuated.  “Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman Hiroshi Aizawa said the company was investigating after the smoke was seen rising from the spent fuel storage pool of Unit 3.”

Japan prepares to spray concrete on nuclear plant if necessary.

Helicopter footage of the tsunami. I’ve seen some excerpts but this is just amazing to watch.

60 Minutes dissects the Fukushima crisis.  Go here. The interview with the teacher who was in a gym with about 200 kids, parents and teachers as the tsunami swallowed it up is riveting.  I was only able to watch the first 14 minutes then the adblocker killed the video.  I have to see the rest of this.  The interviews and the video footage give a sense of both the incredible scope of the disaster and the personal tragedy.

A series of photos of the devastation.  The one above comes from this page.

Radioactive food worries–Like Japan doesn’t have enough problems.

Interesting site–The Journalist Wall of Shame. A wiki page on overblown journalism of the Japan crisis.  To be fair, I don’t know who the judges are and how correct their criticism is but it is an interesting read.

World Health Organization’s information on the radiation crisis.

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Photo from here.

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  • Kym and readers, this just in from Heraldo.

    “Radiation update from PG&E”
    March 21, 2011
    A letter to the Community Advisory Board of the Humboldt Bay Power Plant from PG&E:

    Dear CAB Members:
    “In light of the concerns expressed about the situation in Japan and the potential risk to California, there have been several inquiries about the monitoring capability at Humboldt Bay Power Plant. We want to let you know that we do have both the ability to monitor for excess radiation and a highly trained radiation protection team at the site. ..

    … We are fully utilizing our plant staff and facilities to closely monitor and look for any increase in radioactivity due to the events in Japan… We are coordinating with the California Department of Public Health and local agencies to provide them with information obtained from the sensors to be made available to the public…

    We have not measured any increased levels of radiation above normal background… ”

    Sincerely,
    Alison Talbott
    Pacific Gas & Electric Company
    Eureka, CA 95501
    Office (707) 445-5623

    The full letter, additional details, and comments are at Heraldo’s Humboldt Herald found here.

  • I checked your links today, Kym. These were outstanding. Remarkably culled and sifted from the copious information out there and in an easy-to-use format that’s understandable. Far better to use than my regular sources.

  • I checked your links today, Kym. These were outstanding. Remarkably culled and sifted from the copious information out there and in an easy-to-use format that’s understandable. Far better to use than my regular sources.

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