Reactors, reality and ways you can help

What have I been up to? Glued to the ongoing Japan disaster coverage hoping for good news. It’s been a week and I’m still here. I can’t help it. Disasters, pain and suffering have a deep effect on me and I can’t help getting all worked up.

I’ve been chasing down whatever I can learn about nuclear reactors and what makes them tick (literally!). The idea of a nuclear meltdown sounds very alarming. I mean it’s not like you hear those words every day. Me being me, I just have to find out more so I can fully understand what’s going.

A little knowledge is dangerous, I know, and reading a few articles doesn’t make me a nuclear scientist by any means. But after wading through hours of technical mumbo-jumbo, I now know there are many differences between Chernobyl and Fukushima in terms of the reactor design, technology and events leading up to the incidents.

So what happened in Chernobyl and Three Mile Island aren’t necessarily going to repeat themselves in Fukushima. Now that’s a bit of a relief! I think the fact that the Fukushima plant withstood the double whammy of deadly earthquake and tsunami all in one says a lot about its solid structure and design. But what do I know?

Frankly it’s hard to imagine being prepared for something as hugely devastating as this and I can only imagine what a big crisis management nightmare it must be. There’s no saying how this will all pan out but I’m confident the world isn’t going to vanish in a puff of radioactive smoke, Supermoon and 2012 notwithstanding.

Meantime, all we can do is hope and pray for those who’re risking their lives daily in that crippled nuclear environment for this nightmare to be over soon and they can be back with their families. Pray for those who have lost everything, whose who are in need of medical help, basic necessities, food, water and warmth and for this suffering to end. This is when compassion is most needed and certainly not the time for insensitive and uncalled for rants and jokes.

It’s scary to think a crisis like this could happen any time anywhere to anyone. If you’re feeling restless and want to help, here are some easy ways you can chip in for as little as $5.

Laura of I’m Not A Trophy Wife has been actively promoting opportunities for bloggers to contribute to the Japan relief effort, among them the American Red Cross and Dog Bless Japan to donate to the search and rescue of dogs.

I also understand that you can donate directly from Paypal. They’ve apparently partnered with MissionFish to accept donations and provide tax donation receipts.

Tara of Graphic Design of Tara is celebrating her birthday with a promotion by her Etsy friends who are donating proceeds of their sales to help Japan. Click on the button below to shop for a good cause.

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