Here again a short update from Tokyo, almost two and a half weeks after the earthquake.
Well at least seems to have made a difference in Fukushima Germany – half amused, I look half piqued the situation in Germany, of course, with great interest to, and the Japanese media to look at Germany – Headlines such as “a quarter million German protest against nuclear power” are being bandied – without this being seen as positive or negative. Abolish nuclear power in Germany? Why not. Too bad, but personally I think it would be, If you would also set the research here: Nuclear energy remains a source of energy, the, who knows, perhaps can be tamed any time (what happened to the idea of cold fusion?)
Even if it seems to me a few commentators deny the – I'm also worried and I try, as far as it goes, to get reliable data. What is the radiation in the environment? How much drinking water is contaminated? In Tokyo and surrounding area had the radiation in the last days (predominantly northerly wind) good about. 0.1 Microsievert (μSv) leveled off per hour. Are normal in these surroundings 0.02 μSv – We speak of a five-fold increase in value. A round- return flight to New York (I made to Germany – However, this is a bit closer) probably brings 190 μSv with it, A radiograph of the chest 50 μSv.
Tokyo was supposed to be found in recent days, no radioactivity in drinking water, But really, people want to believe that was not, and will probably remain bottled water in short supply in the long run. Who can blame the mothers. We have also sent us a few boxes or water from Kansai and Kumamoto. can send.
On vegetables grown in the Kanto area, we do not and many others with security and – and hope, that the area of origin is properly labeled. On fish from the area, we do not provisionally, until we know more, also. Many of these precautions are probably not of distress, But with a baby and a toddler in the house of course you go on the safe side.
The messages from the nuclear plant still are confusing. Time there is no news for hours – and you ask yourself seriously, if no news is good news or bad. Today, at least officially admitted, that there had been obvious to a partial meltdown – But it was the experts seemed so previously agreed to be.
We follow, among other things the Blog of the former nuclear scientist and researcher Takeda, I think the very critical, but – and this is important – prudently deal with the issue. Takeda saw around Tokyo, especially the 16. March around in serious danger (am 15. I had sent my family…), but at the moment is a stabilization of the situation. His blog is in Japanese and – and, worth reading.
Otherwise – who exactly is interested, as is currently with the Radiation levels in the area behaves, which is a view of the Radiation levels, published by the Japan Times, recommended. Only shows the average values from the previous day, but better than nothing.
Situation in the north
Since I am not on site, I can not, unfortunately, very much to ensure. The cleanup seems to go ahead, and it has started construction of emergency shelters. Major roads were partially restored, and there are also mid stay again more fuel and the weather will be somewhat spring-like, should be able to relax easily. Very tense, however, still looks out of the situation in Fukushima, especially in 相 马 Sōma – This city was also hit hard by the tsunami, However, due to its close proximity to nuclear power supplies do not arrive in the city. That evakuierte Zone (20 km) is currently considered highly radioactively contaminated – former residents is strongly recommended, not to cross into the exclusion zone to get some personal belongings.
Lage in Tokyo
Slightly higher temperatures (today: 12 Degree) and greater predictability of consumption peaks ensured, that the current day in only one of 5 Zones for 3 Hours was blocked. On the weekend will receive all the power anyway – since most shops close at the weekend, extends the current.
The situation is sure to relax with the start of spring again – but in summer it will be critical in any case: At high humidity and temperatures up to nearly 40 Degree is now cooled times. How power cuts will affect the summer on the food supply, remains to be seen, But it will certainly several bottlenecks.
Lage in Urayasu (I live)
In the last post I had presented a video, where you could see the soil liquefaction and its consequences. Yesterday I went with my daughter across town to the sea – and also there, where the video was made. There, it looks really wild – Leaning buildings, a road has – along no less than – a ca. 30 Level established, Mountains everywhere dried sludge, torn streets… However: Interesting was the topography of the damage. The latest new territory, planted in the 1990s, was almost completely intact. The territory between the railway line and the newer polders, however badly it has caught. As will probably get a lot of trouble to the owners – obviously had to be given in some districts not very much effort with the seismic safety. At the weekend it was great Subotnik: Several neighborhoods evacuated together on (not our, since there was hardly any damage caused by soil liquefaction).
The German media give me much pleasure nachwievor. In the news from 27. March knows how to tell the reporter Mario Schmidt, that the Japanese are increasingly uncertain about the location – and indeed from Osaka. As he has probably noticed the? He has seen some Japanese television or read newspapers? Honestly, ARD love: To do this you do not have reporters in Osaka. Either, it does not properly reported or. With all due respect: The mood in Tokyo can not be measured in Osaka certainly.
The mirror in the output predicts 12/2011 hindessen about, that Japan is now indefinitely the “Land of the Setting Sun” will be. Gee, that's even a real corny joke! Furthermore, marveled about, Japan seems to be as helpless in view of the disaster ssein. I should really stop, To read the Mirror.
Taboo word “flyjin”
Momentan man listens in Tokyo of the öfteren Begriff “flyjin”. The sets consist of “fly” (fly) and the in-jin gaijin (Foreigner, the-jin stands for “Man”). This refers to foreigners in Japan, which have left everything and, to search for the earthquake / the deterioration of the situation in the Fukushima nuclear power plant size.
Allegations can be heard – the time at least – rather by other foreigners, which have remained, than by the Japanese. Most Japanese are probably thinking anyway “If I were abroad and this would happen, I also would probably flee”. At the decision, Tokyo in the worst crisis since the Second World War, leaving, are still divorced for a long time the ghosts. The, who stood, will say “We are not the same cut”, the, who went, will say “You guys are just careless / stupid faith”.
Personally, I can blame at least no. The situation was very critical part of, and still the situation is not completely relaxed. One of our employees took it well before, provisionally to his home (USA) return – and continue working from there. Our boss took his duly foul: He is from England.