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D’you ever notice how fast parents disappear once visual media parachutes into a disaster zone?
Neena Sasaki, 5, carries some of the family belongings from her home that was destroyed after the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 15 in Rikuzentakata, Miyagi province.
(Paula Bronstein/Getty Images, via the Big Picture)
The fear would be “more minorly” if the high zone on the meter had a long red line, instead of a green one, and the marking beneath the needle was green instead of red, and the woman in the background wasn’t wearing a mask (often seen in Tokyo due to everyday pollution). Clever shot.
Photo of the day: “A radiation detector marks 0.6 micro-sieverts, exceeding normal levels Tuesday, near Shibuya train station in Tokyo. Concern over possible radiation exposure has increased after a fourth reactor released radiation, Tuesday.” To compare – this level is higher than average, but only a tiny percentage of what’s happening at the plant. 1,000 micro-sieverts per hour equals one milli-sievert per hour. So this is high, but still minor. (Kyodo News/AP) source
As the situation gets more devastating, so do the analogies. Thinking of late WWII.
(photo: Reuters. caption: Yamada, Japan - Fires smolder in the badly damaged town. via: LAT Framework slideshow.)
I hope I’m dead wrong but certain images coming out of Japan have the feeling — this family trekking on their own on a long dusty road lined with rubble — of a post-apocalyptic future. #prayforJapan
SECOND ESCAPE A family in Minamisanriku evacuated the city. (Photo: Kyodo News via Reuters / The New York Times)