Fukushima Nuclear Plant – Tracking and Digesting Information

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

The situation at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has been changing rapidly and growing increasingly complex since the earthquake and tsunami hit on March 11. Problems began that day, and each day has brought new, unsettling developments. Growing concerns about radiation add to the overwhelming chain of disasters Japan has struggled with since the 9.0-magnitude quake. The news media has covered this 24/7 and almost everyone has an opinion as to the severity of the situation. Many websites are tracking the status of 6 reactors there. Traces of radiation are turning up well beyond the leaking Fukushima Dai-ichi plant after cooling systems to its six reactors were knocked out by the massive quake and tsunami. Radiation has seeped into the food supply, with spinach and milk from as far as 75 miles showing levels of iodine in excess of safety limits, although officials said they posed no immediate health hazard.

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

On March 11 at 2:46pm JST a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake occurred near the northeastern coast of Japan, creating extremely destructive tsunami waves which hit Japan just minutes after the earthquake, and triggering evacuations and warnings across the Pacific Ocean. The earthquake and tsunami have caused extensive and severe damage in Northeastern Japan, leaving thousands of people confirmed dead, injured or missing, and millions more affected by lack of electricity, water and transportation.

Haiti Progress Slow But ……..

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Haiti: As of March 9 and since the outbreak began last October,  there have been 258,084 Cholera cases, 138,946 Cholera hospitalizations, and 4,717 Cholera deaths. And some researchers are predicting that the number of Cholera cases by next November is likely to be double the UN forecast: 800,000, close to 10 percent of the country’s population.

Now that Cholera is a nationwide epidemic in Haiti, studies show that clean water and hygiene education measures are likely to be more effective at reducing Cholera’s residual progression in the country than a vaccination campaign. See http://scienceblogs.com/thepumphandle/2011/02/clean_water_and_education_coul.php