The mainstream media is doing a pretty piss poor job of keeping everyone updated on what the hell is going on with the nuclear reactors in Japan and how worried we should be. The general vibe is ‘Be concerned, but don’t panic. Shit is getting pretty hairy though.’ It’s bad enough sitting over here in Canada … I can’t imagine what it’s like in Japan where our girl Roxanne Modafferi still is. Here’s her latest blog post:
We’re hearing stuff about the fire at reactor 4 in Daiichi plant, and then it got put out, and then the government admitted to their being traces of radiation in Tokyo. I saw Kyodo news that said they found some in Kanagawa?? That’s where I live/lived. THen about how people within a 20 km radius had to evacuate and an extra 10 had to stay indoors. I talked to my parents. My Uncle keeps sending me emails telling me to get out. My boss told me to calm down. My company is open for business!
After calling my office, I managed to get approved time off from management! So I officially have to go back to work on Tuesday next week. That means when I don’t go back to Tokyo today, I’m not going to get fired. I’m using paid vacation… I feel really bad for any of my co-workers who haven’t managed to do this. :-/
Two guys I was staying with have quit their jobs in Tokyo and are in Korea, one fellow went to Hong Kong, one guy is here for now but planning on going to the US, and Dan is going to Korea. It’s been said that radiation levels are raising in Tokyo. I’m praying that the situation gets under control, because I’m not going back like this…and my loved ones are there! ;_; I think Kunioku is irritated with me because I keep emailing him about it….I want him to go to Osaka, but he’s like “There’s not enough firm information.”
It’s a really tough situation…the country can’t just lay down and cease functioning, especially Tokyo! It’s huge! On the other hand, if people have to evacuate to save their lives, it can’t be helped! The issue is, is this radiation something to be worried about. You guys outside of Tokyo are thinking, “WTF OF COURSE IT IS! GET OUT!” right? Well, for us, our HOUSES and families and kids and jobs are ALL here, so we can’t just pick up and leave. If it’s very insignificant levels, we’re not going to run. Many foreigners aren’t so firmly rooted, so maybe that’s why all foreign friends I know are freaked out and leaving. Or maybe Japanese are too trusting…
As doom and gloom as I normally am, I just can’t wrap my head around the idea of a full on meltdown and the havok it will cause. So instead I’m just going to Diego Sanchez some positive feelings into reality and hold onto the idea that the situation will be brought under control and everything will be all right. Yes! Yes! Yes!
(PS: For more Roxy news and info, she was on Sportsgeeks radio yesterday)