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This is the working space for THS' efforts to help those in need after the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, and ongoing disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.
The prefectures of Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi have been worst affected. Wikipedia has a list of affected cities: List of cities
(please put your name next to anything you're working on)
The list: (feel free to send anything directly)
You can mail any of the above items directly to us:
Tokyo HackerSpace 5-11-11 Shirokanedai Minato-ku, Tokyo-to 108-0071 JAPAN
There are addiitonal items that can be of use, but please you contact us first. You can join our google group, or contact via email any of the following members:
Extra things: (please contact us first, if you can provide anything)
These kits were apparently distributed until April 2011.
Iodine, Konbu, What?
Comedy? Hair-tearing idiocy? You decide:
What happens long-term?
What's going on with that reactor:
Worst case scenario?
Level 7? Maybe, but not the same as Chernobyl:
Geiger Counter Calibration
List of current models
Japan has an Emergency Earthquake Warning System (Kinkyuu Jishin Sokuhou) that uses arrival of P-Waves to warn of incoming earthquakes. It's not 100% reliable but it's far better than nothing.
First, there are two ways of measuring quakes which you will hear about in Japan:
Resources listing measurements above for Japanese quakes (both will update fairly quickly after a big quake, though it sometimes takes a few minutes):
What is not helpful and harder to measure: how high you are off the ground and what type of building you are in can have a huge effect on what an earthquake feels like. Some buildings (usually modern earthquake resistant ones like skyscrapers) sway and rock, but others (e.g. older, solider concrete buildings) can shiver like diving boards.
Please add any organizations we should maintain contact with. Please keep it to organizations and contacts within the country. (Ex. the Red Cross is fine, if the contact info or site is the Japan local organization)
Post any links to past disaster post analysis, so that we can better understand what may be needed in Tohoku