The nearly 9.0 magnitude quake that has hit Japan has brought about a lot of things.  One of them is general panic and fear, even all the way here in Ningbo.  We’ve received numerous text messages that state:

BBC FLASHNEWS: Japan govt confirms radiation leak at Fukushima nuclear plants. Asian countries should take necessary precautions. If rain comes, remain indoors first 24hrs. Close doors & windows. Swab neck skin with betadine where thyroid area is, radiation hits thyroid first. Take extra precautions. Radiation may hit Phillipine at starting 4pm today. Pls send to your friends.

If you receive this message, please don’t forward it on.  Take a look at the BBC Asia Pacific article that does state “Don’t Go Outside” but in no way says “Don’t Go Outside If You’re Living in Ningbo.”  Our neighbors at Shanghaiist have been texted the same panic stricken message and firmly state:

Meanwhile, the China Meteorological Administration, Shanghai Meterological Administration and State Oceanic Administration are now all on high alert, monitoring for our safety 24/7. Thanks to current wind conditions, they tell us the radiation is likely to be contained within eastern Japan and be blown out over the Pacific Ocean:

Fu Yi, a chief service officer with the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said: “Winds are going from here to Japan and the trend of the nuclear pollutants is towards the northeast. The city should not be affected.”Fu said the bureau would continue to monitor the direction of the wind and ocean currents to assess any potential impact on the city.

Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau said yesterday that the Ministry of Environmental Protection had put its national emergency reaction system into operation to monitor the nuclear leak issue and the city had launched 24-hour air and water radiation monitoring.

Results of the four rounds of tests completed between 9am and 3pm yesterday had shown no abnormal levels of radiation in the local environment.

More importantly, this is a time to help out those in need.  New Zealand, still recovering from their earthquake has even organized a relief effort.  Here’s how you can help:

China has sent a relief team to help with the massive damage in Japan even though the earthquake relief in Yunnan is still underway as people are put into temporary housing.  Contact the Ningbo Red Cross to help out (this site is in Chinese so show off, brush up, or find a friend who can help you read it).

If you have any other ways to help, be sure to let us know in the comments section.

  • http://www.LacieMarie.com MissLacieMarie

    Thank you so much for posting this! I got that text this morning…