Is okinawa safe from radiation? (after Mar 11 Sendai Tsunami & earth quake)-updated on 1st July 2011

July 4, 2011
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If you are thinking of traveling to Okinawa and are concern about the situation in Japan after the Mar 11 Sendai Tsunami and Earthquake, we would like to provide you with as much information as possible below :

1)      Is it safe to travel to Okinawa after the Mar 11 Sendai Tsunami and earth quake?

Yes it is perfectly safe to travel to Okinawa. Okinawa is situated at the southern tip of Japan and is over 1000 miles from the radiation leak at Fukushima Nuclear Plant. In fact it is probably nearer to Taiwan than Japan.

Japan okinawa map

Although the Sendai Tsunami and earth quake causes a lot of damages to the Honshu area in Japan, there are NO DAMAGES experienced in Okinawa.

Even during the episode of the Mar 11 Sendai Tsunami and earthquake, there are no earth quake or aftershocks in  Okinawa as Okinawa is far away from the Epi center.

http://www.okinawastory.jp/en/news/2011/tohoku-pacific-earthquake.html

a) Is Okinawa safe from radiation?

Okinawa is absolutely safe from the  radiation leakage at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant. In fact the radiation situation in Japan is stabilizing. You can check out the radiation level in the different cities.

Ref: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eq/eng/04_recovery.htm#rmp

For Okinawa, the radiation level is close to non-existent all this while. Okinawa Prefecture is 1,760km(1,100miles) away from the nuclear plant and it is not within the exclusion zone, which is within a radius of 30km(19 miles) from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

If you want to be very sure, you can always purchase a Radiation Detector and bring it along to detect the radiation level.

http://mextrad.blob.core.windows.net/page/47_Okinawa_en.html

Radiation situation around Main Airports in Japan

http://www.mlit.go.jp/common/000148941.pdf

b) Is Okinawa safe from  Earthquake/Tsunami?

Earthquake and Tsunami are natural catastrophe which is beyond man. Japan has a pretty advanced system when it comes to earthquake and tsunami. You can check out the following to see if earthquake or Tsunami alerts are issued.

http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/indexe.html

C) Is it safe to eat the food in Okinawa?

Please see following the message from the prefecture government in Okinawa for safety assurance of on the food supply in Okinawa:

Okinawa food safety (Radiation level)

http://www.fsc.go.jp/sonota/emerg/emerg_genshiro_20110316.pdf (Japanese only)

http://www.fsc.go.jp/english/emerg/radiolog_iincho_danwa.pdf (English)

Airplanes and ferry schedules are as per normal. Transportation in Okinawa (Monorail, Taxi and buses) are all operating with no interruption. Shops and restaurants are operating as usual. Main festive events in Okinawa are carried out  with no cancellations expected.

D) Happy People who had visited Japan and Okinawa after the Mar 11 Sendai Earthquake/Tsunami

http://www.mice-ri.or.jp/en/japanafter311/message.html

http://www.okinawastory.jp/en/news/2011/the-first-tour-group-since-the-tohoku-earthquake–arrived-in-okinawa.html

E) Some things to take note:

If you are travelling into Okinawa from other parts of Japan (Like Tokyo, Osaka) do take note of the following:

i)                   Transportation

Airports and JR are all functioning as per normal with minimal interruptions. Do check out the following to avoid any inconvenience

JR Schedule

http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/timetables/index.html

ii)                   Power saving measures

Due to power saving measures, some escalator/lifts may not be working in off peak hours. Operating hours for certain shops are also shortened. Air conditioners are also advised to be turn down all to save energy.

If you like to read more about the March 2011 Sendai Tsunami, you can purchase this book 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake
on amazon. Everybook you purchase, a portion is donated to the red cross for the Japanese people.
Summer has always been a great time to visit Okinawa. We hope this year will be no exceptions for all people who intended to enjoy the sun and beautiful beaches in Okinawa.

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