This is the new page for Japan updates. The links have been re-organized, and several links added to portals providing ongoing coverage to the Fukushima nuclear meltdown situation. This will be the permanent page — http://satyacolombo.com/japan/ — bookmark it for future reference.
I’ve put this resource together because I believe it’s essential we face the truth head on to step into our power as luminous warriors. The situation with the Fukushima plant in Japan continues to worsen, and calls for our attention and energy.
I’ve spent many hours poring through data on dozens of sites, and pulling out some of the most essential info from the most reliable sources I’ve found. I’ve also included some essential info on protecting your health and sanity, and how you can help.
The plant continues in a state of partial meltdown, with a possible crack reported in one of the reactors. Radiation emissions have been measured at up to 400 millisieverts an hour, which is about 400 times the amount a person should be safely exposed to in a year.
Seawater samples 20 miles off the coast of the Fukushima plant contained 1,850 times the normal level of radioactivity (Guardian – Tokyo, Sunday March 27.)
THREE-MONTH UPDATE OF FUKUSHIMA ACCIDENT by Michio Kaku on June 17, 2011.
So, how does this affect us all?
We’re concerned about the people in Japan, and the hundreds of workers, troops and firefighters vulnerable to massive radiation who are working to prevent a full meltdown. We’re also concerned about the spread of radioactive substances — particularly those headed towards us in North America.
Exactly how much radioactive particles and gases are being dispersed into the air and traveling over the Pacific to the US? This is the big question no one knows for sure, or no one is releasing, though the US has sent fully equipped teams to independently monitor radiation levels there. We may have better answers soon, or we may not. My gut instinct is we shouldn’t go into a panic at all, but we should take some precautions and be aware of what’s going on, as it does appear to be escalating.
If you spend about 15-20 minutes reading the information in the select articles below, you’ll be in a much better position to start coming to an informed decision about what you want to do in this situation. Unfortunately, it’s not something that’s just going away, and it’s important to stay informed of what’s happening as it affects us all.
On the other hand, once you’ve absorbed the situation, the absolute best thing you can do is process it mindfully, focus on staying grounded and continue on with your most important work.
Facts and Links:
Radiation leakage into the atmosphere is continuing now. As the substances travel over the ocean they’re dispersed and radiation levels drop. There is no information about how much radioactive iodine and other substances are, or have been released. Nonetheless, it’s important to understand that a certain amount of this is
and will be blowing into North America.
Southern california appears to be the prime entrance point for the plume, which has already reached the west coast. According to all “reliable” sources there has been no noticeable increase in radiation levels as of now. This could change, of course, but we’ll have to watch.
The Guardian, Saturday 26 March 2011: Japan faces new setback in fight to avert disaster at Fukushima plant
Prime minister urges vigilance after safety officials said break in nuclear reactor may have caused big radiation leak
ONGOING COVERAGE, LINKS & ARCHIVE:
1. Donate to Red Cross Japan and other organizations working there:
Google’s Japan Crisis Response page.
2. For ongoing coverage from the ground, I’ve found the NHK Japan Network – English site to be a valuable portal for information.
3. The NHK Japan live stream via USTREAM NHK is quite revealing and includes expert interviews, on the ground footage and reports from the frontlines.
4. The UK Guardian has had continuous good coverage overall:
Japan Disaster Portal
5. Daily radiation report: South Coast Air Quality Management District daily radiation monitoring update
6. A forecast by the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization shows how weather patterns might disperse radiation from a continuous source in Fukushima, Japan:
March 16, 2011 – NY Times: Forecast for Plume’s Path Is a Function of Wind and Weather
7. Although it’s unclear how accurate this map is, the National Radiation Map depicts environmental radiation levels across the US updated every minute: http://radiationnetwork.com/
Yukio Edano, Japan’s chief press secretary, has himself stated that a partial meltdown was already underway, and that further explosions could take place at the plant. The Japan nuclear agency has now officially classified the disaster as level 5, same level as Three Mile Island, though Fukushima has far exceeded the Three Mile Island meltdown. Official disclosures from the plant regarding many of these questions have been closely guarded and held back overall. This leads to speculation that much has been hidden, as there is a history of cover-ups regarding nuclear power plant issues. The Japanese especially are concerned and have been calling for more information.
8. Tokyo Electric Power states that emissions from the number 3 reactor were at 4,000 microsieverts/hour:
Thursday 17 March 2011 14.04 GMT – Guardian: Japan nuclear reactor water-bombing has little effect
9. Also valuable regarding health risks:
March 16, 2011 10:25 AM PDT – CNET: What are the health concerns in Japan’s nuclear crisis? (FAQ)
Stocks were tumbling worldwide in response to the Japan disaster. U.S. stocks tumbled notably on the 16th after EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger testified to a European Parliament committee that the crippled power plant was “effectively out of control”: “In the coming hours there could be further catastrophic events which could pose a threat to the lives of people on the island,” he said.
10. March 16, 2011, 1:39 p.m. EDT – Marketwatch: EU energy chief: Japan situation ‘out of control’
11. Christine Miller of The Atlantic Monthly released an incredibly smart and grounded analysis on the situation:
MAR 15 2011, 8:54 PM ET – 10 Critical Questions About Japan’s Nuclear Crisis: What you need to understand about the situation as it unfolds.
– I was really happy to read this, it provides some really strong foundations for us to really comprehend what we’re facing, as she asks the tough questions.
12. Nuclear power stations and reactors operational around the world — listed and mapped.
Guardian Datablog: How many nuclear reactors are operational around the world today – and where are they? Get the data.
13. Japan earthquake victims remembered – in pictures:
Friday 18 March 2011 14.58 GMT — Guardian: Search for survivors continues as Japan holds a minute’s silence at 2.46pm, exactly a week after the earthquake that caused a tsunami hit the country’s north-east
14. Japan Nuclear Accident Update Log:
Updated daily, this log provided by the International Atomic Energy Association is invaluable:
Preserving your Health:
From the perspective of your personal health, I’m not going to recommend you run out and buy potassium iodide supplements at this point, though they may come in handy down the line. I will recommend you consider bolstering your overall health, and adjusting your diet. There will be low levels of radiation and increasing radioactive materials in the atmosphere, and it’s safe to say that this will be landing in our food and water supplies.
As a longterm precaution, you might consider supplementing your diet with a bunch more living foods and some supplements that will help remove radiation and toxicity from the body, and bolster your cell defences. This is what I will be consuming:
Leafy green vegetables of all kinds — such as kale, collards, and chard — delicious in Green Smoothies.
Cruciferous vegetables — such as cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, broccoli and similar green leaf veggies.
Seaweeds and seavegetables of all kind, in particular Kelp, which also comes in the form of Wakame and Kombu.
Green Tea (organic high quality loose leaf tea is recommended)
Red Wine (in moderation — tannins!)
Additionally recommended for your overall health are whole grains, brown rice, quinoa, and organic legumes such as french lentils, mung beans, black beans, chick peas. Many of these can be sprouted, which is super fun and easy to do. A mesh screen on a jar is great, but check this: (works) Super easy sprouting with just a colander.
Dori Midnight has some fabulous recipes and info for, as she puts it, “The Great Turning” – she also recommends Daikon and shitake mushrooms: Midnight Apothecary.
Susun Weed has a marvelous piece on overcoming effects of radiation with herbs, diet and energy from a few years back here at ModernSage.com.
A friend and local eastern medicine expert Jason Miller, of Jade Mountain Medicine, has written up some more info on potassium iodide and cell-boosting supplements here: Iodine/Radioactive Iodine Update.
Preserving your sanity:
Mentally, spiritually, energetically, I think it’s important we stay grounded and clear throughout all this, and continue to send blessings and prayers and postiive energy to the people afflicted by this disaster, and in particular those who are fighting it.
I’ve found that a regular yoga practice is amazing for the nervous system and balancing the energy. If you want to +10 improve your life, find a yoga studio and teacher you resonate with, and practice with them three times a week or more. Life-changing.
I also recommend the work of David Elliott. I do his guided breathing meditations daily, and find they’re a tremendous help. You can also download his entire latest book, Healing, at David Elliott Healing.
The most important thing of all is for us to stay in our personal power, and continue with our most important work. If anything, this is a wakeup call for us all to step up our personal missions and continue to help support the mindful evolution of out human species.
What happens in Japan affects us all, the suffering and anguish, as well as the fallout. Please take a moment today, and before you go to sleep to quietly call for the best possible outcome for us all in these times.
One of my teachers, the Shaman John English, sent the following prayer:
When you go to bed at night, first do whatever form of energetic protection you use currently. One way to do this is to put yourself in a column of light that goes infinitely up and infinitely down. Then as you drift down towards sleep hold the following intention. “Great Spirit it is my intention to be of service tonight and tomorrow morning during the dreamtime in any way you see fit. In particular I would like to be of service to the people and the country of Japan. Thank you.”
Don’t miss the very moving Prayer Request for Japan from a Japanese Monk.
– Much love.
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