Off to Iwaki

Our team of volunteers processed 2,900 pairs of socks today in preparation for our trip to Iwaki City tomorrow morning. Iwaki is even closer to the Fukushima nuclear power plants than Kitaibaraki, where we went on Monday, providing a full report on Wednesday.

Part of Iwaki was evacuated due to radiation concerns, but our checks show the area to be safe and we’re making a one-day in-and-out trip because few are willing to venture into the area. Survivors there are crying out for help. We’re going to bring them some.

I’ll provide a report on Monday. In the meantime, please consider supporting our Socks for Japan relief effort to help this tireless group of volunteers help the survivors of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis:

Photo of Socks for Japan processing 2011-03-26
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  1. Elalia
    Posted April 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    What you guys are doing is amazing , Please keep up this fantastic work and help,
    I wish I could be there to help you sorting out and distributing all these socks;
    Lots of Love from PARIS, France, Please convey to the refugees in shelter that we are praying for them and the world loves Japan and suports Japan !!!! GAMBATTE NIHON
    My socks will soon arrive !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Posted March 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    You may also be interested in how to treat radioactively contaminated drinking water:
    Maybe someone wants to help with Japanese and other languages?

    • Amy G.
      Posted March 28, 2011 at 2:01 am | Permalink

      The specific problem in Japan is iodine-131, which has a half life of only 8 days. The doses that were in Tokyo’s water supply were low-level contamination. Two solutions to this situation – 1) filter with activated carbon filter or, 2) store your water in a container for 2 weeks, the amount left is negligible. Of course, this applies only to low-level contamination, not to waste water coming from the reactors themselves.

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