I know some of you are having problems loading the thread below this on because of the number of comments, so here is a second thread. Post your information on Japan and other affected areas here.
Here is the link to BBC ongoing video coverage from Japan. It continues to be the most detailed coverage IMO.
It is said that nearly 100 aftershocks have occurred. There is a current threat of a meltdown at one of the reactors. They may need to release some radiation in order to relieve some pressure. This is all truly a travesty.
You have all done a great job posting current information in the comment section of this and the previous thread, but then that doesn’t surprise me.
Moderators, if you see anything you feel should be added to this post, feel free to add it here, leaving the BBC link at the top.\
Why worry about the information being provided on Fukushima? TEPCO’s checkered past.
The company was suspected of 29 cases involving falsified repair records at nuclear reactors.
In late 2006, the government ordered TEPCO to check past data after it reported that it had found falsification of coolant water temperatures at its Fukushima Daiichi plant in 1985 and 1988, and that the tweaked data was used in mandatory inspections at the plant, which were completed in October 2005.
And in 2007, TEPCO reported that it had found more past data falsifications, though this time it did not have to close any of its plants.
From that same IEAE link
Why use INES?
INES, to facilitate understanding, uses a numerical rating to explain the significance of nuclear or radiological events. This is just like using ratings for earthquakes or temperature, which would be difficult to understand without the Richter or Celsius scales.
INES applies to any event associated with the transport, storage and use of radioactive material and radiation sources. Such events can include industrial and medical uses of radiation sources, operations at nuclear facilities, or the transport of radioactive material.
Events are classified at seven levels: Levels 1–3 are “incidents” and Levels 4–7 “accidents”. These levels consider three areas of impact:
people and the environment, radiological barriers and control, and defence in depth. The scale is designed so that the severity of an event is about ten times greater for each increase in level on the scale. Events without safety significance are called “deviations” and are classified Below Scale/Level 0.”