I wanted to make a quick video to express my gratitude to my family, friends, colleagues, students, even people I don’t know. Thank you so much for being so supportive during a tough time. I have gotten emails, Skype calls, Facebook posts, blog comments, YouTube messages, and more. People have even been calling my parents to check on me. I am so lucky to have people like you around me.
I also wanted to let you know that I am doing okay today. I’m still keeping a close eye on the situation with the TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima, Japan. There are people out there putting their heart and soul into getting this situation under control. It’s a serious problem and it has the potential to become even more serious.
My concern stems from my proximity to the plant. Tsukuba is outside of the 20-30 kilometer range that Prime Minister Kahn advised to remain indoors, but many people in Tsukuba (including me) are doing that as a precaution. This video will give you an idea of just where I am in Japan, and why my prefecture is just close enough to the reactor to make me nervous:
I’m not going to panic, because it’s too late for that. But I have my things ready and will probably go to Yokohama today for some “sightseeing.” It just so happens that Yokohama is 200.98 kilometers or 124.89 miles from the Power Plant…that works for me.