Archives for March, 2011

Chernobyl’s Radioactive Voles

Photograph of the Chornobyl environment in the former “Red Forest” region, taken in June 1998, some 700 meters west of Reactor 4 in an area remediated by removal and burial of top soil and dead pine trees. Radiation in this region today is 2-4 millirems per hour at a height of 1 meter. Decades after…

Following the news about the damage and explosions at the Fukushima nuclear power plants has been distressing and confusing. Major news media outlets report high levels of released radiation, while nuclear engineers have a different opinion. Who’s right?

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Magnitude of earthquakes (M5-6=small yellow circles, M6-7 orange circles, M7+ large red circles) off the coast of Honshu, 9-14 March. Geologist Chris Rowan’s Scientific American article, “Japan earthquake: The explainer” clarifies some very important points about Japan’s earthquakes {highly recommended reading.} Can we learn from this?

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to support victims and their families in Japan since the earthquake and tsunami struck last Friday. Ben Parr at Mashable gives us some simple, concrete ways we can help in his article, “Japan Earthquake & Tsunami: 7 Simple Ways to Help.” Please do what you can.

Lady Gaga’s Pray For Japan Bracelet

Lady Gaga just announced to her close to 9 million Twitter followers that she has designed a “Prayer bracelet” to raise funds for Japan. What a brilliant way for a celebrity to raise funds for an important humanitarian project. Go “little monsters”! You can order one, or more, here.

Japan 2011 Tsunami Google Person Finder

Google has launched a Person Finder for anyone looking for someone affected by Japan’s 2011 Tsunami, or anyone with information about someone there.

Uploaded by NOAAPMEL on Mar 11, 2011 Propagation of the March 11, 2011 Honshu tsunami was computed with the NOAA forecast method using MOST model with the tsunami source inferred from DART® data. From the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research, located at NOAA PMEL in Seattle, WA. See http://nctr.pmel.noaa.gov/honshu20110311 Amidst the flurry of our 24…

NOAA just released this graphic displaying their best estimates of how far and high high the tsunami waves will travel after Japan’s devastating earthquake yesterday. How far, how high will it go?

Japan Tsunami 2011: More Global Weirding?

Photo source (MSNBC). With the terrible news of an earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan this morning, my thoughts are with the victims and their families. Is this more evidence of “Global Weirding?