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One Week After the Earthquake

It has been a week after the earthquake in Japan. There are still a lot of aftershocks and the most concerning news is of course about the Daiichi Fukushima Nuclear Plant.

>>The Daiichi Fukushima Nuclear Plant
Press Release from The Daiichi Fukushima Nuclear Plant.
All documents are written in Japanese, though.

Amazingly with Japanese technology, the nuclear plant was not damaged by the magnitude 8.8 earthquake. The active reactors properly shut down like they were supposed to. However, when the tsunami hit the plant, it knocked out the emergency generators that keep the cooling systems functioning. As you know, Japanese and American engineers and soldiers are trying to cool the plant down. I am really thankful that they volunteer to stop the radiation.

Because the two major nuclear plants are shut down, there is not enough electricity around Tokyo. The rolling blackouts started to ration the existing power re-routing some to the northern grids that were supplied by the cold plants now, and people are under extremely inconvenient life styles.

My sister usually wears high-heels and tight skirt, but she now wears tennis shoes and pants. Trains and buses have reduced schedules, so it is extremely crowded everywhere. My sister has to walk a long way to her office. Fortunately, she works at a major food company, so she does not worry about food; however, Japanese people crazily purchased water and food for the next possible emergency, so there is no enough food in the supermarkets now for everyday cooking. Also in the evening, it is pretty dark without lights and also aftershocks often happen.

In addition, there are so many bad rumors, chain mails, and Tweets. People in Japan, the Philippines, China, and the West Cost of the U.S.A, are crazy worried about radiation poisoning, so they believe a lot of rumors such as eating a lot of salt and taking potassium iodide (which they should not do). My family is still in Japan, so I am really worried about radiation. I want to ship enough food and snacks, and I want my family to come to America for a while. However, I just cannot panic about the situation. I have to be calm and judge my decisions wisely. Rumors are rumors after all.

Here is a useful homepage about the earthquake.

>>The Asahi Shinbun (Most Japanese read the newspaper)

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