There is a text message currently circulating in Shanghai warning recipients to stay out of the rain due to concentrations of radiation from the nuclear reactors in Japan.  This isn’t accurate information since the wind currents the radiation would need to travel on to get as far as Shanghai are at higher elevations and blowing East towards the Pacific.  Regardless, stores are running out of iodine pills and more people than usual are buying face masks.

China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection has a national network of radiation monitoring stations throughout China and a website with updates.  The local news mentioned talks about earthquake preparedness kits and emergency drills in response to the earthquakes in both Japan and Yunnan Provence.

I don’t know easy ways to talk about disaster.  I think this type of difficulty with words underscores greater discomforts, with tragedy and sorrow.  I am praying for friends, their families and loved ones.

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