Following the one-two-three punch of the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis in Fukushima, much ink and many pixels have been spilled over foreign media outlets’ treatment of the disasters. In particular, many foreign residents (including myself and other members of this web journal) have accused the overseas mass media of panicking locals who rely on English-language news (and their parents) by overplaying the nuclear situation in comparison to more measured domestic coverage. Those playing devils’ advocate, such as Uesugi Takashi, claim the foreign media brought a balanced viewpoint to a dangerous situation the Japanese government is doing its best to downplay.
Here is another animation on how the quakes have hit Japan, after March 11th.
Here is a video that shows the the epicenter of the earthquakes, as well as the strength of the quake (usting the Japanese standard quake rating) in the past week.
Pink is level 7 quake
Dark red is level 6 strong quake
lighter red is level 6 quake
orange is level 5 strong
light orange is level 5
white is level 4
blue is level 3
light blue is level 2
while is level 1
Advice on exposure to radiation arising from nuclear incidents in Japan
The recent earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on Friday 11 March has caused major damage to a number of nuclear reactors on the east coast of Japan. The Japanese Government has established an evacuation zone around the affected reactors.
The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) has been closely monitoring the situation, in particular the potential exposure to radiation of Australians in Japan.
ARPANSA advises that there is a small chance of contamination at very low levels for Australians who were in the Fukushima area at the time of the incident. The risk of health effects from exposure at these low levels is considered very low to negligible. Australians who were in the affected area at the time of the incident should continue to follow the advice of Japanese authorities.
For those Australians in Japan but outside the affected areas, based on current information, ARPANSA advises that they are extremely unlikely to be contaminated and the health risks are negligible. As the situation develops, all Australians in Japan are strongly encouraged to continue to follow the protective measures recommended by the Japanese Government.
Given the very low risk of exposure, ARPANSA advises that people should have no physical symptoms. If there is any doubt about contamination this contamination is easily removed by washing your body and clothes.
Australians returning home from Japan are highly unlikely to be contaminated or exposed to significant radiation and will not require checks for radioactivity. However, if people wish to seek medical advice they should contact their local GP.
Meetings are being held with GP representatives, the Department of Health and Ageing, and ARPANSA to discuss the provision of consistent advice to those who present with inquiries about radiation exposure.
Discussions are ongoing between jurisdictions. Further information will be provided as the situation develops.
On 11 March 2011, a large earthquake off the east coast of Japan generated a tsunami. Australians in affected areas should monitor the media for safety information and follow the instructions of local authorities.
If you have concerns for the welfare of family and friends who you believe to have been in the affected areas, you should first attempt to contact them directly.
If you are unable to contact them and still hold concerns for their welfare, you should call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 (Within Australia) or +61 2 6261 3305 (Outside Australia).
Australian in areas that have been badly affected by the earthquakes and tsunami are requested to call or email the Australian Embassy in Tokyo if you have not already done so. Please call 03-5232-4111 or email email@example.com.
This advice has been updated with an amendment to the Travel Summary (advice regarding UK government charter flights and coaches leaving Sendai for Tokyo on 18 March). The overall level of the advice has not changed; we advise against all but essential travel to north eastern Japan and Tokyo.
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