May 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
Airmen and Marines on Okinawa are banned from drinking alcohol this weekend if and when incoming Super Typhoon Songda nears the island, according to both services.
The ban goes into effect when the storm is within 12 hours of making landfall and the military announces a Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 1 warning level, which was expected to occur sometime Saturday afternoon.
Songda has had wind gusts from 160 to 200 mph and is the first major storm to threaten Okinawa this year, though the official storm season does not begin until June 1.
In a prepared statement Thursday, the 18th Wing commander, Brig. Gen. Ken Wilsbach, said typhoons “can pose a significant challenge to military operations on Okinawa — a challenge that requires complete readiness of personnel to prepare for a storm’s arrival and to resume full operations after a storm passes.”
All active-duty servicemembers are covered by the alcohol ban, including those people on leave and those on TDY who are awaiting transportation.
Civilians are not covered but are “encouraged to refrain from alcohol consumption” during the storm.
The alcohol ban will remain in effect until Songda passes and the military declares the situation all clear, according to Wilsbach’s announcement.
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April 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
One stone marker warned of the danger in the coastal city of Kesennuma: “Always be prepared for unexpected tsunamis. Choose life over your possessions and valuables.”
March 30, 2011 § Leave a comment
Live Geiger Counter
Location: Meguro ku: about 10 mins walk from Ebisu station. Data is updated every minute so each time you visit this page you should see the graph update.
Equipment: American rm80 geiger counter with data logging.
Units are in uR/hr.
We have been monitoring for over a year, normal levels are 10-15 uR/hr.
Fukushima Exposure March 15
Highest levels detected March 15 from Fukushima radiation 36uR/hr about 3x normal background levels. This has been the max for Meguro area to date. graph here click
Other field readings: Leaving Tokyo. With portable geiger.
Makahari Chiba 99uR/hr, about 8 x normal background levels.click
Some perspective: Same geiger taken onboard a flight at max altitude. 153ur/Hr. About 12 x normal background radiation. Greater radiation exposure flying than max Tokyo exposure so far. click