Japan needs your help!

March 13, 2011

We received a request from the president of Kesenai:

Our thoughts go to Japan in these very difficult moments. And to help them, along with you, we invite you to donate to our fund raise on GlobalGiving that will go to International Medical Corps, Save the Children and other organizations on the ground to providing support.

Mirko Muresan President of Kesenai Non-Governmental Organization

(Click on the currency you want to make a donation with. Or use the button from the right side of the page.)

A few moments ago, 300 dead bodies were found on Sendai beach. So the number of deaths has escalated severely.

All the news about the earthquake: CNN/ASIA

If you live in US, you can donate $10 to the Red Cross by texting “Red Cross” to 90999. The donation will be added on to your phone bill. Please mail us at mgt@kesenai.net if you made a donation via phone to Red Cross, and we’ll list you as a donor.


Up there is the official message.

Japan got hit hard by an 8.9 earthquake, a tsunami, a nuclear reactor has gone critical, and God knows what. Many people are stranded, missing or even dead — they’re in a whole lot of trouble. Japan needs your help. If you have any money to spare, please donate it to the link provided, OR send it to your local organization that is supporting relief efforts to Japan. Japan and her people needs your support. Various fansub groups are already joining in to help and you should too.

We always take something from the Land of the Rising Sun and we should at least give something back.

– SHiN-gx Fansubs


Also see:

Salvation Army USA
Canadian Red Cross



  1. The situation with the reactor is not as bad as some would make it seem. These aren’t Soviet designs. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t good, they weren’t prepared for anything of that magnitude (i’ve heard numbers as high as 9.1). But the shield for the core is built to withstand 5000 degrees celcius. They say that even without any water, the reaction is 3000 degrees. So I don’t know that it will ever go “Chernobyl”. The “desplosion” we saw at the reactor AFAICT was them releasing pressure to prevent steam pressure buildup from damaging the outer shell.

    That’s not to say that there’s no risk at all. But I think that the danger from the reactors is being overblown, especially in the States. The Japanese are actually freaking out about it less than we are – there’s a bunch of politicos over here (who know nothing about science) that are using the disaster to push a frothing no-nukes policy. When an Albert Einstein comes forward, I will listen. When a politician or other bobblehead with no nuke science background runs their mouth, I snort.

    Anyway, reactors aside they have TONS of problems and I would gladly donate. Lack of power and availability of food & clean water would certainly be high on the list. I have a hard time trusting random organizations, because every time there’s a disaster there are groups that fleece people out of money making them think their donation is going where it should be.

    However, the Red Cross I (mostly) trust to use the money wisely, and to get things done with minimal overhead to boot. So yeah they’re always my charity of choice, well them and the Salvation Army (but that’s for other causes, I give a few dollars here and there to the Salvation Army year round).

  2. Ack, I didn’t put enough detail, like info on the deplosion. It wasn’t caused by the steam obviously, but it happened because they had to release steam periodically. When the rods got too hot, it created hydrogen (through reaction with the Zirconium alloy rods). Hydrogen can desplode when mixed with oxygen, so it blew part of the outermost structure. Not really a big deal.

    However, they did release some (mostly brief) radioactive particles when they had to vent. Most of it is short lived. But it’s not actual nuclear fuel being scattered everywhere like Chernobyl. Chernobyl didn’t have the same protections, and they used graphite moderation. The Fukushima reactors use Boron (I think) control rods.

    Anyway the reactor was shut down already so all they really had to do was keep the water levels up and let it cool down to decay heat levels. Normally that is no problem to do, but the earthquake damage prevented them from using offsite power. So they fired up generators. But then a huge ass tsunami drowned their diesel generators. If you know anything about internal combustion engines, you’ll know they don’t like inhaling water. So they had to switch to other backup systems (batteries).

    Eventually those ran out, so they had to secure another source of cooling. They had brought in additional (non-tsunami-fucked) generators and restored some power, but it wasn’t enough (or there wasn’t enough on-site clean water?). So it got hot and they had to vent (yes some radiation too). So they decided to inject sea water. It has some drawbacks, it got the job done, and looks like they won’t have to vent anymore.

    Basically, super quake plus massive tsunami meant they had to go through a lot of trouble. But they have a decent reactor design and it didn’t go Chernobyl even after all that.

  3. Don’t misunderstand, I’m not trying to downplay the disaster itself in any way, shape, or form. I encourage everyone to give to the Red Cross (or other reputable charities). I just don’t want people panicking about the reactors.

    Food, clean water, sanitation, shelter, communications – those are some of the big things that these groups can help with right now. Other than that, for the families of those killed by the quake or tsunami, I don’t know that there’s much more we can do except let them know that we are truly sorry for their losses.

  4. Ah shit, it looks like the pressure relief valve(s) in one of the reactors failed, cause a breach somehow. That is gonna make things difficult for them. They’ll probably never be able to use any of these reactors again, that is going to cause long-term power issues. They’ll either have to live with less electricity in that region, or build new reactors. If they had lots of coal like we did, they could burn that, but coal releases radiation and other toxins too.

    I’m hoping that if they build new plants, they isolate their generators somehow to make them impossible to flood. Tubing systems to pump air in and exhaust out?

    Well anyway it doesn’t matter right now. They’re doing everything they can to minimize the amount of radiation that gets out. But having people in the cold, with no heat, and shortages of food and clean water… I really hope they’re able to get more supplies (and blankets, etc) out there ASAP! The bad weather doesn’t make doing so any easier, either. 😦

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