Helping those in Japan during this tragic time

As the situation in Japan continues to grow more worrisome it is becoming even more imperative that we reach out and do what we can to assist them in their time of need. The death toll has already risen to over 10,000 people and this number will most likely continue to grow. The concern after tragedy such as earthquakes and tsunamis strike becomes one of worsening living conditions due to issues of sanitation, power outages and shortage of medical supplies and clean water.

The news has been spreading rapidly regarding the stability of nuclear plants impacted by the devastation along Japan’s coast. Fears of a nuclear meltdown is something very real to the people in Japan and in surrounding countries. During a time of panic and uncertainty it is understandably hard for everyone to maintain composure and rational thinking so I feel it is extremely important for the rest of the world to try and stay as calm and helpful as possible.

The escalating nuclear crisis follows explosions at two reactors at the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, 170 miles north of Tokyo. Technicians are trying to stabilize a third reactor (BBC) at the plant.

During this time here are things you can do to help:

MARCH 15, 2011 UPDATE

The nuclear reactor situation in Japan has deteriorated significantly. Two more explosions occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 15.

The first occurred at 6:10 a.m. local time at reactor No. 2, which had seen nuclear fuel rods exposed for several hours after dropping water levels due to mishaps in the emergency cooling efforts. Within three hours the amount of radiation at the plant rose to 163 times the previously recorded level, according to Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.

 

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