|The scene in Otsuchi after the tsunami.|
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|The animals of Japan are victims as well.|
|Sea Shepherd crew trying to make their way out of town.|
We still don't know the amount of radiation that's escaped the damaged reactors. Knowing how Japanese government officials have downplayed high mercury levels in the dolphin and whale meat consumed by it's citizens, I'm concerned they'll also underestimate the effects of the radiation that's being released. It'll be months, or even years, before the full effects are known. It's scary to realize that whatever radiation escapes will end up in the soil and water. Any contamination could become a public health hazard for generations. But with that said, it's also the animals and sea life that will suffer.
|Dolphin pens in Taiji Harbor February 15th.|
So, what do we need to do? It seems simple and understated, but it's imperative:
*Donate to relief organizations that are on the ground in the hardest hit areas.
*Volunteer with organizations that are supporting relief efforts.
*Inquire to any Japanese co-workers, neighbors, or groups that are dealing with being separated from their loved ones, and offer any support.
*When the word goes out for more volunteers, seriously consider traveling to Japan and helping with rebuilding efforts.
My thoughts and prayers are with the survivors in Otsuchi, and all the areas in Japan devastated by this disaster. In their darkest hour, they have shown tremendous light.