Category archives for Environment

Source. Engaged in the tragedy in Japan unfolding since March 11, getting reliable, consistent information can seem to be an impossible task. Do you ever feel like this hapless character trying to absorb information coming in so fast and furious, it’s like trying to drink from a fire hose?

Think Japanese March 18 日蓮系諸宗派

Source. In a matter of hours, it will be exactly one week since the devastating earthquake struck Japan (Friday, March 11, 2011 at 12:46:23 AM (EST)). In honor of the victims and their families, let’s think Japanese and offer whatever we can to help them through this tragedy so that they can emerge strong and…

Radiation levels at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have been reported to significantly increase on Tuesday during a fire near reactor No. 4. Fortunately, these levels dropped rapidly after the fire was extinguished. The measured unit, in millisieverts, is difficult to put into perspective in our daily lives. How do these levels compare to a…

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?

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…