As most of you know, a triple disaster of the quake, the tsunami and the nuke leak happened in the Northeast of Japan. I would like to make some notes about this, since I grew up in Tokyo and my family and friends are there.
The tsunami made the most damage in the coastal area of the Northeast, including Mtsushima that is one of “the three most beautiful sites in Japan.” In fact we went there two summers ago with great memory. People there are more stoic than other parts of Japan, but very nice. The weather is not as cold as here in Minnesota but still snow on the grounds, probably like Iowa or Illinois.
I know lots of Health Care workers and others volunteered. In a nutshell, very few trauma (those who escaped from the tsunami were fine) but lots of medical (cold and out of meds for chronic conditions, like insulin, BP meds, Coumadin, etc.) and some psych are the issues. One of my medial school buddies, Dr. Asari, is an expert of Disaster Medicine, and is at Aomori, just north of the main affected area, then got pulled to Fukushima where the nuke plant is. His e-mail with just few paragraph said not too bad with very few rad exposure for himself. We get somewhat conflicting reports from US and Japanese media. I am not sure what to make of.
Thank you for those who sent me thoughts and prayers. My parents are ok (Tokyo is like 2 hours ride with the Bullet train from the heavily affected area). I would also like to share with you some of the organization who support victims of this awful disaster.
- American Red Cross (donation goes to Japan Red Cross)
- Japan Society
- Japan America Society of Minnesota
note: Japan Earth Quake Contribution through Nihonjin-kai
mail to: Caldwell Bunker Burnet
7741 147th St W
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Attention: Yoko Breckenridge
(I am not sure which charity this goes to but this is local organization)
- you can also text to donate, see http://www.cnn.com/impact
Thank you! Feel free to email this to your family and friends who might be interested.
Seikei Hibino, MD, FACEP
Lead Ambassador to Japan, ACEP
University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview