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Old March 11, 2011, 12:39 PM
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Our hearts go out to those who have lost everything. They are finding more bodies in Sendai. The images and videos are horrible.
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Old March 11, 2011, 12:41 PM
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This is so sad. My prayers go out to all those affected.
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Old March 11, 2011, 05:08 PM
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Horrible pictures are coming. Please Allah sobaike rohomot koro.
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This is very sad.

My prayers are with the victims and their families.
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Old March 12, 2011, 01:34 AM
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Speechless. Death toll raising and radioactive leakage from the nuclear plant to worsen the disaster even more. Praying for the people of Japan.
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Old March 12, 2011, 01:39 AM
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May Allah save the Japanese and all of us from such disasters.
Really sad and heartbreaking.
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Old March 12, 2011, 02:12 AM
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I also worry about our Tokyotiger bhai and his family. He is in Japan and we have at least close to 7-8 BC members from Japan...I hope and pray for them brothers and sisters and all their neighbours, all the people of Japan, may Allah bless them, may Allah give them strength to heal and move forward.
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Old March 12, 2011, 07:52 AM
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Yahoo News! suggests a number of organizations that one can donate to to help the earthquake victims and relief operations:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_newsro...mi-how-to-help
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Old March 13, 2011, 07:10 PM
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Death toll now estimated 10,000 worst since WWII.
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Old March 13, 2011, 07:16 PM
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This has now struck close to home for me. A close college friend's in-laws who lived near Sendai are missing and my friend and his wife have not heard from them since the quake. His parents-in-law and brother-in-law's family with two children who used to live in the hardest-hit areas (Ishinomaki, Miyagi) are still missing. They have been trying to to reach them since this happened but without any success yet. I hope and pray he has good news.
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Old March 13, 2011, 07:29 PM
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This has now struck close to home for me. A close college friend's in-laws who lived near Sendai are missing and my friend and his wife have not heard from them since the quake. His parents-in-law and brother-in-law's family with two children who used to live in the hardest-hit areas (Ishinomaki, Miyagi) are still missing. They have been trying to to reach them since this happened but without any success yet. I hope and pray he has good news.
I am terribly sorry to hear this news uncle. I hope they will be recovered safely and quickly by the grace of God. I can't imagine, God forbid, if something similar happens to California, lying at fault region.

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Old March 13, 2011, 09:14 PM
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For Banglacricket Members residing in Canada,

Rogers and Fido announced today customers can text ASIA to 30333 to donate $5 to earthquake relief, The amount shall be charged on your next phone bill ......

Its a very small amount but I am sure everyone can spare this much atleast.
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Old March 13, 2011, 09:35 PM
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we are so helpless in these situations...

I wonder what could be the scientific reasoning behind all the recent natural disasters in quick successions? in massive scales worldwide?
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Old March 13, 2011, 09:43 PM
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we are so helpless in these situations...

I wonder what could be the scientific reasoning behind all the recent natural disasters in quick successions? in massive scales worldwide?
Earthquake frequency has not changed statistically. However, climate related natural disasters have increased and is attributable to climate change (Global warming).

No, we are not nearing a divinely planned end of days. But perhaps we might be racing towards a possible human initiated end of days.



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Old March 13, 2011, 10:03 PM
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Old March 14, 2011, 09:23 PM
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Man these pictures look scary. I can't even begin to think what's going through these peoples head. My thoughts and prayers are with all those that are affected by this tsunami. May Allah give them the strength to make through this difficult time.
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Old March 15, 2011, 12:44 AM
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The situation is getting worse
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/15/wo...uclear.html?hp
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Old March 15, 2011, 06:32 AM
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we are so helpless in these situations...

I wonder what could be the scientific reasoning behind all the recent natural disasters in quick successions? in massive scales worldwide?
I do not know any scientific reason behind this...but I do know the ethical and religious reason behind all these recent successive disasters....in present day, the character of people has become "rotten". I believe all these have come as a punishment to all. Even though there are any who are embracing the religion, but the number of people, who don't believe in the existence of God or have forgot to seek His blessings and pray to HIm, has too increased. What is happening nowadays is similar to what would happen on the Qiyamat. These disasters are obviusly an indication and reminder that there is someone watching us who has the Supreme Power.

But in these disasters, even though they come as punishments for the evil, many innocent people lose their lives. I pray for the people of Japan. May Allah bless them and protect them. Allah tumi amader upor tomar rohomot borshon koro.
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Old March 15, 2011, 08:18 AM
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Very little amount of radiation has been detected in Tokyo [20- 30 sievert], which is way beyond 1000, having radiation more than an hour as the exparts says. We are just following the sistuation and people here in Tokyo having usual life without fear or panic. People outside Japan has no reason what-so-ever [as Atahar would say] yet to act panic or fear. Btw, we have some very well regulated load shading in few places but other than that everything is ok.

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By Richard Warry BBC News
Exposure can lead to cancer
The Japanese authorities say radiation levels from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have started to climb to potentially harmful levels.
Residents living within 30km (18 miles) of the plant have been advised to leave the area, or to stay indoors, and try to make their homes airtight.
Experts have stressed that swift action should be able to minimise any impact on human health.
What are the immediate health effects of exposure to radiation?
Exposure to moderate levels of radiation - above one gray - can result in radiation sickness, which produces a range of symptoms.
Nausea and vomiting often begin within hours of exposure, followed by diarrhoea, headaches and fever.
After the first round of symptoms, there may be a brief period with no apparent illness, but this may be followed within weeks by new, more serious symptoms.
At higher levels of radiation, all of these symptoms may be immediately apparent, along with widespread - and potentially fatal - damage to internal organs.
Exposure to a radiation dose of four gray will typically kill about half of all healthy adults.
For comparison, radiation therapy for cancer typically involves several doses of between one and seven gray at a time - but these doses are highly controlled, and usually specifically targeted at small areas of the body.
Radiation dose Effect
Source: World Nuclear Association


2 mSv/yr (millisieverts per year)


Typical background radiation experienced by everyone (average 1.5 mSv in Australia, 3 mSv in North America)


9 mSv/yr


Exposure by airline crew flying New York-Tokyo polar route


20 mSv/yr


Current limit (averaged) for nuclear industry employees


50 mSv/yr


Former routine limit for nuclear industry employees. It is also the dose rate which arises from natural background levels in several places in Iran, India and Europe


100 mSv/yr


Lowest level at which any increase in cancer is clearly evident.


350 mSv/lifetime


Criterion for relocating people after Chernobyl accident


1,000 mSv single dose


Causes (temporary) radiation sickness such as nausea and decreased white blood cell count, but not death. Above this, severity of illness increases with dose


5,000 mSv single dose


Would kill about half those receiving it within a month



How is radiation sickness treated?
The first thing to do is to try to minimise further contamination by removing clothes and shoes, and gently washing the skin with soap and water.
Drugs are available that increase white blood-cell production to counter any damage that may have occurred to the bone marrow, and to reduce the risk of further infections due to immune-system damage.
There are also specific drugs that can help to reduce the damage to internal organs caused by radioactive particles.
How does radiation have an impact on health?
Radioactive materials that decay spontaneously produce ionising radiation, which has the capacity to cause significant damage to the body's internal chemistry, breaking the chemical bonds between the atoms and molecules that make up our tissues.
The body responds by trying to repair this damage, but sometimes it is too severe or widespread to make repair possible. There is also a danger of mistakes in the natural repair process.
Regions of the body that are most vulnerable to radiation damage include the cells lining the intestine and stomach, and the blood-cell producing cells in the bone marrow.
The extent of the damage caused is dependent on how long people are exposed to radiation, and at what level.
Radiation and cancer



  • Most experts agree even small doses of ionising radiation - as low as 100 millisieverts - can increase the risk of cancer, but by a very small amount.
  • In general, the risk of cancer increases as the dose of radiation increases. Exposure to one sievert of radiation is estimated to increase the lifetime risk of fatal cancer by around 5%.
  • The thyroid gland and bone marrow are particularly sensitive to ionising radiation.
  • Leukemia, a type of cancer that arises in the bone marrow, is the most common radiation-induced cancer. Leukemias may appear as early as a few years after radiation exposure.
  • Other cancer can also result from exposure to radiation, but may not develop for at least a decade. These include cancers of the lung, skin, thyroid, breast and stomach.

What are the most likely long-term health effects?
Cancer is the biggest long-term risk. Usually when the body's cells reach their "sell-by date" they commit suicide. Cancer results when cells lose this ability, and effectively become immortal, continuing to divide and divide in an uncontrolled fashion.
The body has various processes for ensuring that cells do not become cancerous, and for replacing damaged tissue.
But the damage caused by exposure to radiation can completely disrupt these control processes, making it much more likely that cancer will result.
Failure to properly repair the damage caused by radiation can also result in changes - or mutations - to the body's genetic material, which are not only associated with cancer, but may also be potentially passed down to offspring, leading to deformities in future generations. These can include smaller head or brain size, poorly formed eyes, slow growth and severe learning difficulties.
Are children at greater risk?
Potentially yes. Because they are growing more rapidly, more cells are dividing, and so the potential for things to go wrong is greater.
Following the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident in the Ukraine in 1986, the World Health Organization recorded a dramatic increase in thyroid cancer among children in the vicinity.
This was because the radioactive materials released during the accident contained high levels of radioactive iodine, a material that accumulates in the thyroid.
What risk does Fukushima pose currently?
The Japanese authorities have recorded a radiation level of up 400 millisieverts per hour at the nuclear plant itself.
A sievert is essentially equivalent to a gray, but tends to be used to measure lower levels of radiation, and for assessing long-term risk, rather than the short-term acute impact of exposure.
Professor Richard Wakeford, an expert in radiation exposure at the University of Manchester, said exposure to a dose of 400 millisieverts was unlikely to cause radiation sickness - that would require a dose of around twice that level (one sievert/one gray).
However, it could start to depress the production of blood cells in the bone marrow, and was likely to raise the lifetime risk of fatal cancer by 2-4%. Typically, a Japanese person has a lifetime risk of fatal cancer of 20-25%.
Prof Wakeford stressed only emergency workers at the plant were at risk of exposure to such a dose - but it was likely that they would only be exposed for short periods of time to minimise their risk.
The level of exposure for the general population, even those living close to the plant, was unlikely to be anywhere near as high.
How can the Japanese authorities minimise the cost to human health?
Prof Wakeford said that provided the Japanese authorities acted quickly, most of the general population should be spared significant health problems.
He said in those circumstances the only people likely to be at risk of serious health effects were nuclear workers at the plant or emergency workers exposed to high levels of radiation.
He said the top priority would be to evacuate people from the area and to make sure they did not eat contaminated food. The biggest risk was that radioactive iodine could get into their system, raising the risk of thyroid cancer.
To counter that risk, people - in particular children - could be given tablets containing stable iodine which would prevent the body absorbing the radioactive version.
The Japanese already have a lot of iodine in their natural diet, so that should help too.
How does Fukushima compare to Chernobyl?
Professor Gerry Thomas, who has studied the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster, said: "It is very unlikely that this will turn into anything that resembles Chernobyl.
"In Chernobyl you had a steam explosion which exposed the reactor core, which meant you had a lot of radiation shooting up into the atmosphere."
Prof Thomas said although the Chernobyl disaster had led to a rise in thyroid cancer cases, the only people affected were those living in the immediate area of the explosion and who were young at the time.

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Old March 15, 2011, 08:50 AM
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Old March 15, 2011, 08:51 AM
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And it looks like the recent spurt in radiation was possibly due to spent fuel rods burning in the fire rather than the more serious issue of possible breach in the containment. The radiation levels have subsided a bit but is still significantly above normal.
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