Monday, March 28, 2011

17 days later

Boys start school tomorrow at Prospect Hill elementary, the same school I attended back when Lindsay Wagner was starring in a popular prime time TV show called The Bionic Woman. I am happy for them, because there are only so many unstructured days these kids can take before they turn feral. And as for home schooling, let's just say I have profound respect and admiration for those who can do it. (I can not.)

Meanwhile, I am trying to keep tabs on the situation back home. (Funny how "back home" now means Japan; technically, I am already "back home" living in the town where I grew up. Strange times.)

International Atomic Energy Agency
Director General's briefing: Fukushima Nuclear Accident
March 28, 2011, 14:30 UTC

"The crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant has still not been overcome and it will take some time to stabilize the reactors. For now, radioactivity in the environment, foodstuffs and water - including the sea - is a matter of concern in the vicinity of the Fukushima plant and beyond. Current levels indicate a need for further comprehensive monitoring."

Click here to read more of what the IAEA is saying this week, or go to the agency's website.

U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
Warden Message to U.S. Citizens
March 26, 2011

Availability of Potassium Iodide Tablets
"As a precautionary measure, the U.S. Embassy is continuing to make potassium iodide (KI) tablets available to private U.S. citizens who have not been able to obtain it from their physician, employer, or other sources. We do not a recommend that anyone should take KI at this time. There are risks associated with taking KI. It should only be taken on the advice of emergency management officials, public health officials or your doctor. For more information about KI, see this fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control, or contact your doctor."

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