More Updates from 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.

March 11, 2011 10:21:03 PM CST

Dear all,

Several DMATs teams can arrive in the Ground Zero, and try to collect the information and establish the command structure in the prefecture government offices.
The number of fatalities raised to more than 1,400 now.

Sendai airport in Miyagi, Hanamaki airport in Iwate, and Ibaragi airport in Ibaragi are not available now. They are destroyed by tsunami.
The tsunami arrived 10 kiliometer from the sea coast in some regions, and many villages/towns located inside are damaged.
Narita and Haneda airport in Tokyo are working.
Kansai, Nagoya and Fukuoka international airport are also intact.

The people live within 10 kilometer from the nuclear power plant named Fukushima 2nd plant are ordered for evacuation, and about 60,000 people are being left.

Korean rescue teams will be deployed soon.

I hope this will be helpful.

March 11, 2011 11:10:22 PM CST

Dear colleagues,

Most of the members might not be familiar with the geographical condition of Japan.
Please refer to this site (http://tmapps.esri.com/EQ_Japan/index.html).

It is day time, and all are working hard for search and rescue activity in addition to medical support.
About 50,000 military teams are sent to the scene, and will work with US forces together.

At least 210,000 are evacuated from the scene.
The two nuclear power plants are not under control, but there is no information about melting down.

March 11, 2011 11:22:06 PM CST

The media mentioned that there is high possibility of melting down in the nuclear power plant now.
This information is not double-checked.

March 11, 2011 11:37:03 PM CST
Dear my friends,

Now I will go to Tokyo to join the disaster response, and will be away from the line for a while.
This is national emergency, and I will do my best for my country as an emergency physician.

Probably I will work at the headquarter office of Japan Medical Association to work for intelligence, planning, and logistics.

I sincerely appreciate you for your warm hearts.

See you soon.
Takashi Nagata from Fukuoka, Japan

March 12, 2011 2:29:10 AM CST

The present situation of nuclear power is critical.
We have another earthquake near the plant, and there was an explosion, and the detail is under investigation.
It is same as Three Miles now, and there is high possibility of Chernobyl disaster in Japan.
There are several plants there, and the worst scenario is consequent reaction of Chernobyl disasters, which we have never experienced before.

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