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UPDATE: I have changed “THE” to have the Syrian flag instead of the Japan flag. The Japan earthquake on Friday did NOT hurt anyone.

My prayers go out for the people that are experiencing rough times that happened and are happening in Paris, Syria, Baghdad and Beirut. Stay safe!


Art as Aftershock

Earthquakes are dangerous phenomena, yet two artists chose to present these natural disasters, in a way that makes viewers contemplate, rather than fear them.

Luke Jerram and Carlos Amorales created works that comment on the 2011 Japanese Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, and 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, respectively. Their works allow viewers to contemplate the nature of earthquakes with the help of visualizations through seismographic data.

In Jerram’s piece, the artist took the seismographic data from the Tōhoku earthquake, and rotated it using a computer program to see the data in three-dimensions, later printing it in those dimensions. The sculpture, made in 2011, represents nine minutes of the earthquake, allowing viewers to calculate, and imagine, the severity of the disaster on their own.

Amorales approaches the 1985 earthquake in a more theoretical presentation, in “Vertical Earthquake” (2010). Rather than using data, the artist creates his own fault lines and cracks on the walls, drawing epicentres around each. The artist chose to capture the chaos and emotion of the event. Within the installation, newspaper clippings of the disaster are displayed, with fault lines drawn on them as well.

Where Jerram uses data to help visualize the severity of the earthquake in Japan, Morales plays with drama and emotion, creating a fragmented image which symbolically reflects the earthquake that he witnessed. Both pieces however, are sobering reminders of the immense power our Earth has over man-made constructions.

-Anna Paluch

Kumamoto Japan Earthquake Relief Fund
A 7.0 earthquake has caused significant damage in around the city of Kumamoto in Japan. The resulting landslides have destroyed a number of homes. Survivors need access to emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer term recovery assistance. All donations to this fund will exclusively support local relief and recovery efforts from this disaster.

Kuyushu has been hit with a series of large quakes since the shindo 7 quake on Friday evening (there have been several registering shindo 5 or above in the last 24hrs).The nature of aftershocks means that people in Kyushu are suffering through smaller, quakes every 30m or so today. There is a significant risk of damaged buildings collapsing during aftershocks, so people are not able to relax, as they are not safe yet, and many have been evacuated.

Rescue attempts are underway and emergency services are doing their best to get to anyone under the rubble. This eight month old baby girl was pulled from a collapsed building early on Friday morning after the first quake struck. Others have sadly lost their lives.

Please do whatever you can to support relief efforts by donating and signal boosting this post. Thank you.

Things were so dangerous after a blast at Fukushima Daiichi reactor No. 1 that workers didn’t enter the building at all afterwards. Until today. Nearly two months after the hydrogen explosion that greatly damaged the plant on March 11th, NHK reports that workers re-entered the building housing the reactor for the first time since the initial blast. The workers plan to install an air purifier in the plant, reportedly "aimed at preventing workers from suffering internal radiation exposure when they work on setting up a new cooling system at the No. 1 reactor.“ That must be a really good air purifier. (Above: A pic of a robot working in the plant, via TEPCO) source

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Please take 1 second out of your time today to search “3.11” on the Yahoo! Japan search engine! By doing so, you’ll help Yahoo! Japan donate 10¥ per search inquiry towards Tohoku disaster relief! Last year, they donated 25,683,250 yen (approximately US $216,000).

Four years ago, on March 11th 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit North-East Japan. The earthquake triggered a massive tsunami, started fires, destroyed homes and infrastructure; killed, displaced, and orphaned hundreds of thousands of people; its aftershock broke reactors in Fukushima’s Daiichi Powerplant that are continuing to release radioactive waste into the land and Pacific ocean.

Recovery in the Tohoku region matters a lot to me, especially because I now live here in Akita prefecture, which definitely felt the waves in a teeter-tottering way but spared from heavy destruction. Later this year, I plan to volunteer with some ALTs from my prefecture to visit either Iwate, Miyagi, or Fukushima prefecture with organizations that are already doing something. 

Photos from NPR, WorldVision, Columbia University, NHK.

Japan raises Fukushima water leak to INES Level 3 incident

Reuters: The severity rating of the latest radioactive water leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant has officially been raised to Level 3 on an international scale for radiological releases, Japan’s nuclear regulator announced on Wednesday.

Photo: Members of a Fukushima prefecture panel, which monitors the safe decommissioning of the nuclear plant, inspect the construction site of the shore barrier, which is meant to stop radioactive water from leaking into the sea. The photo was released Aug. 6, 2013. (Kyodo via Reuters/file)

Fukushima radiation: What deadly radiation “hot spots” look like

See the red spots? You know, the ones surrounded by blue and green? Those represent 10 sieverts per hour of radiation. That is extremely high and could lead to death within seconds. And at the Fukushima site, that’s what they’re apparently still dealing with … mind you, five months after the fact. “Radiation leakage at the plant may have been contained or slowed but it has not been sealed off completely,” noted Osaka University professor and nuclear engineering expert Kenji Sumita. "The utility is likely to continue finding these spots of high radiation.“ To put this in perspective, add three zeros to the number 10, to make it 10,000 millisieverts per hour (mSv). Then, take a look at this graphic. Yeah. Scary as hell, right? We’ll say. source

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Dock apparently from Japan tsunami washes ashore on US beach

AP: A dock that apparently was ripped away from Japanese waters by a tsunami and drifted for more than a year-and-a-half across 5,000 miles of the Pacific washed ashore on a remote beach between La Push and the Hoh River on the northwest tip of Washington.

Photo: In this June 6, 2012, photo, a man looks at the tsunami dock that washed ashore on Agate Beach in Newport, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Dogs suffer PTSD-like stress after Japan disaster

Abandoned dogs rescued after the 2011 earthquake and subsequent nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, suffered PTSD-like stress, a new study finds.

Live Science reports:

The research compared abandoned dogs rescued from Fukushima with non-disaster affected dogs abandoned in 2009 and 2010, before the earthquake. The dogs that lived through the disaster had stress hormone levels five to 10 times higher than the dogs that were simply abandoned or found as strays.

Photo: Kamata-san and his dog, Shane, were separated by the tsunami, only to be reunited when Shane showed up at the shelter where Kamata-san was staying. (JEARS)

Paris and Japan

Earlier this evening, several terrorist attacks took place in Paris. Currently, an estimated over 40 are dead, with hostages’ lifes in danger. An estimated 3 areas were hit, a resturaunt, theatre, and stadium with rumours of more bombings and gunfire in other areas.

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake just happened off the coast of Japan, possibly causing a tsunami to head for the country.

You probably have no idea this just happened, so please, take some time to think about how lucky you are right now.

If you are in Paris, stay safe, get off the streets. Your life is more important than a pub crawl or a night out. Stay at home with your family. Call them.

If you are on the streets, looking for safety, locals are using the hashtag #PorteOuverte to offer help and shelter.

If you are in Japan, stay safe. Do whatever you have to do to prepare for a possible tsunami. I hope the earthquake hasn’t badly affected you. Find your family. Stay safe.

I am with you, Paris. You can survive this.

I am with you, Japan. You can survive this.