"Here is a photo of the (toll) highway a little north of where I live.
The 9.0 quake about 180 miles away did this."
A few updates from my friend in Japan. Keep in mind he's replying to questions on a forum so some of this may be hard to follow.
(Regarding Fukushima disaster)
Very serious now.
The containment vessel may have been breached.
The workers have evacuated the plant.
Things are happening very fast - this is serious
The area has been evacuated for days.
Things are still not 100% clear and everything now is just speculation.
the reactors and not radioactive in origin. My translation of what they said is that. But, one of
serious for anyone in the area unprotected. It is reported to have dropped back down to
1.2 mSv within minutes. The suppression pool (a toroid with a large volume of water under the
reactor) may have been damaged when a hydrogen explosion occurred near the bottom of the
reactor, instead of higher in the building seen in previous explosions. The amount and nature of
damage isn't clear yet.
km away are staying inside and taking other precautions. The radiation measurements
outside the area are very low and of no consequence. I'm downwind about 100km away and
not concerned or affected by the minuscule increase in radiation.
buildings and they cannot keep the spent fuel rods covered. They appear to be the
radioactive source, not the reactors. They have no way to pump water (seawater - the only
source now) up to them without power. They were using firetrucks, but they have been damaged
in the hydrogen explosions.
entire Tokyo (200 miles and 40 million people south) are running out of food, there is no
gasoline (we don't know why) and stores are only open for a few hours because of rolling
blackouts from power shortages. Some areas only have 3-4 hours of power per day. Factories
and other businesses are all closed.
of Tokyo. I'm collecting blankets from all the neighbors and some of us will fill our cars
and head north to help.