Don't Drink the Water, Little Ones: Tapwater in Tokyo Exceeds Radioactive Iodine Limit for Infants
US forces are in Japan helping bring relief supplies, electricity is back to all 6 reactors but the tapwater in Tokyo exceeds the recommended limit on radioactive iodine for infants. [Don’t drink the water, little ones.]
A programmer in Japan, Chris Gaunt, has the following series of tweets that will make you understand what parents’ in Japan are feeling.
Ok now I’m worried. Been giving my son formula as well as breastfeeding… So how long has the water been like this?
Wife went to get a couple of bottles of water for baby, just in case. Saw a woman leaving with 8 crates! It was all sold out… sigh
I have a 9 week old infant. What about when we take a bath or shower? Should [we] be careful about him swallowing water?
Managed to get 2 bottles of baby water. Now all I need is a shotgun & a motorbike and I’m ready for the End Times
Other tweets from an expatriate in Japan
Why does konbini staff even allow (at times like this) people to buy up so much[water]? That needs to change!
At this point I usually quit my game of Sim City and start again.
Photo of a Tokyo’s store’s water shelf taken just hours after the announcement that levels of radiation in the tap water was unsuitable for infants. (photo by Steve Herman of VOA)
UPDATE2: The Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics in Austria has just released a report estimating that Fukushima is a nuclear disaster on the same level as Chernobyl. A survivor of Chernobyl says that the workers at Fukushima are being lied to and will suffer serious health repercussions. She calls their work “nuclear slavery.”
UPDATE3: Radnet Monitoring station in Eureka for those who would like to keep updated on radiation levels locally.
A hat tip to Voice of America Steve Herman. He has the quickest, most informed tweets.
Photo from here.