Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Meltdown Risk? How to Help and Follow Breaking News from Japan
The new explosion at the third Japanese reactor indicates likely damage to the nuclear fuel container, Japanese nuclear experts say, but that's still not clear. One of the best sources of recent news is the NHK World live stream. Here's multi-streams in English and Japanese: http://www.ustwrap.info/multi/nhk-gtv::tbstv::yokosonews::nhk-world-tv
NHK reports that the utility company running the Fukushima plant couldn't dismiss the possibility that fuel rods are melting.
Brad Blog reports this disturbing new headline: PM'S "MESSAGE TO NATION": FIRE NOW BLAZING AT FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI UNIT 4 | DANGEROUS LEVELS OF RADIOACTIVITY DETECTED 'HARMFUL TO HUMAN HEALTH' | MOST WORKERS EVACUATED FROM PLANT | EVACUATION ZONE EXPANDED TO 20KM | THOSE INSIDE 20KM TO 30KM ZONE ASKED TO STAY INDOOR
What's the latest on this crisis?
Try these online resources:
Google's all-purpose help and news page, especially geared to those in Japan seeking news about locating loved ones and finding assistance: http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html
Huffington Post's Big News Page:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/japan-earthquake
Brad Blog, doing among the best American jobs of updating news: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8394
Leading anti-nuclear advocacy groups: Nukefree.org and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service: http://www.nirs.org/
Anti-nuclear leader Helen Caldicott's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Helen-Caldicott/102772801940
Here are updates from the Nuclear Energy Institute, the trade group for the American nuclear power industry.
Overseas correspondent Mark McKinnon has valuable local news:
BBC updates, auto-refreshed: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12307698
Real-time news with search words at www.topsy.com: hit refresh occasionally:
Google's real-time news is also useful, but its algorithm isn't as sophisticated as the search engine at Topsy.com.
And don't forget to donate. Here's a selection of reputable groups: