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Rapid Medical Response - Japan

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Local Marines Deploy to Japan

March 31, 2011

On Wednesday, a 155-person Initial Response Force comprised of Marines
from Naval Support Facility Indian Head, Maryland, was directed to
deploy to Yokota, Japan, according to Defense Department spokeswoman
Leslie Hull-Ryde.

The force "is specifically trained in areas of chemical, biological,
radiological, nuclear and high yield explosion operations," she said.
"... the IRF can provide capabilities for monitoring support for agent
detection and identification; casualty search, rescue, and personnel
decontamination; and emergency medical care and stabilization of
contaminated personnel." The Marines will arrive in Japan as early as
Friday, she said.

A French nuclear group, Areva, has sent five specialists who are experts
in treating contaminated water, the group said Wednesday.

And the U.S. Department of Energy deployed about 40 people and more than
17,000 pounds of equipment to Japan to help with the crisis, said Peter
Lyons, the department's acting assistant secretary for nuclear energy.

Japan Radiation Map

Map in English and in Japanese.  Choose the Prefecture whose map you want to see.  You might start with one whose color code is other than "normal."

Realtime radiation data collected via the System for Prediction of Environment Emergency Dose Information(SPEEDI).

To make sense of this, you need to view some of the posts about the levels of radiation, because there is huge hype.

No one has got radiation sickness yet. 

You could eat the "contaminated" food for a year & get less radiation than one cat scan.

Best New Mashups "Reliable Data Maps"

Best New Mashups - Japanese Earthquake Maps:

Reliable Data Efforts, "The ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan has highlighted our collective reliance on trusted sources. With conflicting reports of radiation levels in affected areas, Portland-based Uncorked Studios has built a way to report and see data in an unbiased format....." duvander : -

Japan Earthquake Map

"Sinsai Japan Earthquake Resources: Using Ushahidi Crowdsourced Crisis Response Platform and OpenStreetMap, this mashup communicates the location as a services and resources useful to those on the scene in Japan."

List of Organizations Providing Medical Services to Japan

Citizen Action Team's Relief Database

(click on the link below, and scroll to the bottom- highlighted in yellow - "State" = "JP")


Fear of Epidemics Among Earthquake Survivors

5:26PM GMT 19 Mar 2011

Doctors fear that thousands of those who survived the initial impact of the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami could now fall victim to disease and epidemics.  Children and the elderly living in desperate conditions in the stricken zone are particularly at risk from outbreaks of flu and other ailments, they warned.

(Full Story in Link Below)

Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactor in Japan suffers 2nd explosion

Monday, March 14th 2011, 9:36 AM

A second hydrogen explosion rocked a crippled Japanese nuclear reactor Monday, spewing a giant cloud of smoke into the air and injuring 11 workers, officials said.

The blast was so large it could be felt 25 miles away.

The plant's operator, however, insisted that radiation levels around the facility remained within legal limits.

A similar explosion was triggered Saturday at the Fukushima Dai-ichi reactor after cooling systems were damaged by Friday's earthquake and tsunami.

Officials said a separate damaged reactor at the facility was also experiencing severe problems after its fuel rods became fully exposed, raising the risk of overheating and yet another explosion.

A state of emergency has been declared at six reactors where cooling systems and backup generators failed following Friday's twin disasters.

Winds at Japan Power Plants Should Send Radiation out to Sea


Mar 13, 2011; 12:08 PM ET

Three reactor units at the Onagawa plant are being watched and controlled for radiation leaks and possible meltdown.

The wind direction may impact where the radiation goes both at a local level and even across the globe. The wind direction at both of these locations are similar since the Onagawa power plant is located just to the northeast of Fukushima power plant.

"The exact direction of the winds would have to be known at the time of the release of a large amount of radiation to understand exactly where the radiation would go," according to Expert Senior Global Meteorologist Jim Andrews.

It is unknown when a large release of radiation would occur, if at all, at this point.

"You can calculate how long the release of a radiation would take to cross the Pacific from Japan to the U.S. by choosing different speeds that the radioactive particles might be moving and using the direct distance between given locations- say Sendai, Japan, and Seattle, Wash.," Andrews added.

Map of Nuclear Reactors in Japan

More info here

Map from International Nuclear Safety Center

World sends disaster relief teams to Japan

World sends disaster relief teams to Japan

GENEVA | Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:21am EST

The international community started to send disaster relief teams on Saturday to help Japan after it suffered a massive earthquake and tsunami, with the United Nations sending a group to help co-ordinate work.

"We are in the process of deploying 9 experts who are among the most experienced we have for dealing with catastrophes. They will help evaluate needs and coordinate assistance with Japanese authorities," Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told Reuters.


Japan may hand out iodine near nuclear plants

Japan may hand out iodine near nuclear plants: IAEA

VIENNA | Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:59am EST
Japanese authorities have told the U.N.'s atomic watchdog they are making preparations to distribute iodine to people living near nuclear power plants affected by Friday's earthquake, the Vienna-based agency said.



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