March 14th, 2011 – JAEA member report of March 11th events

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Subject: Re: From Mishiro RWMC-44: Bureau debriefing
Date: Monday, March 14, 2011 9:11:50 PM

Dear Colleagues,
The aftermath of the earthquake on Friday is still continuing. The number of deaths is still not known, and the information on Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant situation is on the news all the time.

Myself and my family, JAEA staff(as far as I know) are all safe.

I was at the meeting in Tokyo, and one couldn’t stand up nor walk when the earthquake hit Japan.

Most of the staff stayed in the office Friday night as public transportation stopped and highways were closed. Many public buldings were offered for those who could not go home and many walked home midnight.

I moved on Saturday morning and it took me 11 hrs from Tokyo to my home in Mito (about 120 Km from Tokyo). (It was lucky that we could find a rent-a-car.) No water, no electricity and many thngs fell down from the shelves at home but fortunate that no human injuries.

Enjoyed primitive life for couple of days, but electricity and water recovered on Sunday.

Still no public transportation from Mito to Tokyo. As the JAEA Tokai Headquater Building is under safety check, I am at home right now. As many power plants (not only nuclear) were hit, there will be scheduled blackouts in east Japan areas and less public transportations.

Here in Mito we still have aftershocks (small? earthquakes) almost every hour.

Hundreds of cars are in long queue at every gas stations.

Having said this, I am still planning to attend RWMC-44 and I will leave Paris by night flight on 24th, so available until 19pm.

Warm regards
Mishiro


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Dear Bureau members,

If it is possible for you stay after the meeting, we would hold a debriefing session just after closure on Day 2. In that case we would organise some refreshments as we did last year.

Could you please let us know whether this will be possible for you or not.

Best regards,
John

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