Update from Emergency Physician in Japan

Editor’s Note: An international ACEP member, Dr. Takashi Nagata, has been giving real-time updates to the ACEP Disaster Section about the developing situation in Japan. He agreed to share the information with the emergency medicine community and will try to continue to provide updates when he can.

Friday, March 11, 2011 4:58 PM CST

Dear all,

Now it is day time. Information is still fragmented.

The damage in the affected area (Miyagi, Iwate, Fukushima, Aoromi, and Ibaragi) is devastating, and we do not know the whole damage.

There is a minor leakage of radiation from the nuclear power and people around the plants are ordered to be evacuated; however, we are concerned about the meltdown. The alert in the system is rising.

At least 1,000 people are dead or missing in Hohoku area, and the number is still rising.

Tokyo seems okay. The railways and subways works in 30-50% of their capability. Haneda international airport and Narita international airport are almost intact, but the several airports in the affected area are closed or destroyed.

Many DMATs have been sent to the scene by the military aircraft.

Japan Medical Association has started the coordination to do medical support to the affected area.

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