This is where I was when the big earthquake hit.
I just wanted to make a note of that, for some reason.
The World Health Organization has said radiation levels outside the evacuation zone in Japan are not harmful for human health.I can understand the concern about the radiation, but let's not exacerbate the problem by panicking over misinformation and let's not forget about the areas and lives destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami. According to the BBC, at last count there were over 20,000 dead or missing and cities have been destroyed.
The Japanese government issued an advisory on Tuesday to evacuate from a 20-kilometer radius of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It also told people living within a 30-kilometer radius to stay indoors.
He said the amount of radiation being reported outside of the evacuation zone continued to be below the levels considered a public health risk.
He said the WHO finds no public health reason to avoid travel to Japan, except to the affected areas, or to recommend that foreign nationals leave the country.
The earthquake, the strongest ever recorded in Japan, moved the country's main island by eight feet and shifted the Earth on its axis. Japan's stringent building codes, which require hydraulic shock absorbers and giant rubber pads at the foundations of skyscrapers, were credited with saving countless lives; in Sendai, a city of a million people near the epicenter, no buildings had collapsed during the earthquake.