We’ve all been watching the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Japan after the 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated large parts of the country. There is much help needed to address the enormous needs of the people suffering in this crisis. Here are the latest stats as of early morning March 16th
Latest Stats as of early morning, Japan, Wednesday, March 16:
• Missing up to 11,000
• Evacuated: 439,337 (from 10 prefectures)
• 185,000 people evacuated from towns near the Fukushima plant
• Tens of thousands within about a 20-mile radius trapped indoors for a second day
• 102 countries and 14 international organizations have offered assistance
Crisis mapping through twitter and the web is ongoing at this site. Please share this with any Japanese friends who may be having issues with phone service and emergency response.
Volunteers can submit reports through a form or by tweeting location information along with the hashtags #jishin (earthquake), #j_j_helpme (call for help), #hinan (evacuation), #anpi
(safety status), or #311care (medical support). The hashtag for people working on the service is #osmjp.
Here is the google person finder link
Here is a comprehensive listing of relevant and useful links
To help through donations
Donors can contribute to the relief efforts by calling 800-733-27677 or visitinghttp://www.redcross.org Each text message is a $10 donation to the Red Cross, which will be added to the donors’ next cellphone bill. Very convenient.
Medical Teams International
Medical Teams International is also on alert and staying closely in touch with its nine partners along the coast and in Japan. To donate to Medical Teams International, visit http://www.medicalteams.org
World Vision Canada
Among the first organisations to begin relief work by distributing emergency supplies and sending highly-trained staff to assess and respond to the most urgent needs. To donate, visit http://www.worldvision.ca/give-a-gift/Pages/Pacific-Tsunami.aspx
Mercy Corp has not sent its own team to Japan but it set up a donation fund for its partner, Peace Winds Japan, and its emergency assistance on the ground. To make a donation, call 888-747-7440 or visit https://www.mercycorps.org/donate/japan
Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders):
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organisation that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 60 countries. MSF workers are already on ground in Japan, assessing the situation. For more visit http://www.msf.org/msf/donations/donations_home.cfm
Shelter Box – Providing tents, basic living supplies and cooking and water purification supplies to victims of natural disasters all over the world.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army in Japan has three emergency service relief teams working in areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami. One of the teams is assisting people who have been evacuated from areas threatened by the damage of nuclear power plants.
– Text the words “Japan” or “Quake” to 80888 to make a $10 donation
– By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
– On-line at: http://www.donate.salvationarmyusa.org
The latest news on the nuclear front is grim. Plant workers are literally risking their lives in order to avoid a catastrophe. Here is the the most updated information.
TOKYO, March 16, Kyodo
The following is the known status as of Wednesday afternoon of each of the six reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and the four reactors at the Fukushima No. 2 plant, both in Fukushima Prefecture, which were crippled by Friday’s magnitude 9.0 earthquake and the ensuing tsunami.
Fukushima No. 1 plant
— Reactor No. 1 – Cooling failure, partial melting of core, vapor vented, building damaged Saturday by hydrogen explosion, seawater being pumped in.
— Reactor No. 2 – Cooling failure, seawater being pumped in, fuel rods fully exposed temporarily, vapor vented, building damaged Monday by blast at Reactor No. 3, damage to containment vessel on Tuesday, potential meltdown feared.
— Reactor No. 3 – Cooling failure, partial melting of core feared, vapor vented, seawater being pumped in, building damaged Monday by hydrogen explosion, high-level radiation measured nearby on Tuesday, plume of smoke observed Wednesday, damage to containment vessel likely.
— Reactor No. 4 – Under maintenance when quake struck, fire Tuesday possibly caused by hydrogen explosion at pool holding spent fuel rods, pool water level not observed, fire observed Wednesday at building housing reactor, no water poured in to cool pool.
— Reactor No. 5, No. 6 – Under maintenance when quake struck, temperature slightly rising in spent fuel pool.
Fukushima No. 2 plant
— Reactor No. 1, No. 2, No. 4 – Cooling failure, then cold shutdown.
— Reactor No. 3 – Cold shutdown.
For an excellent spreadsheet providing more detailed information
You can also follow along on the live blogs at Daily Kos. Check the mothership at this link and find the current ROV diary. The mothership has tons of relevant links and info. as well.