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CDC Responds to Earthquake, Tsunami, and Radiation Release in Japan

Categories: Natural Disasters, Response

Photo courtesy US Navy: An upended house among debris in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture in Japan on March 15, 2011.

On March 11, CDC immediately activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Atlanta to respond to the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami and radiation release in Japan. CDC continues to closely monitor the effects of this disaster and is focused on making sure it is ready to support any requests that come in from Japanese colleagues related to public health.

CDC Incident Management System (IMS) staff is actively participating in National and Regional coordination meetings and is prepared to respond to State and Territory requests for assistance and Mission Assignments from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Be sure to keep an eye on Public Health Matters  for future blog updates on the disaster in Japan.

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  1. March 30, 2011 at 6:38 am ET  -   Creative Web Design

    It’s really sad and my heart goes out to all those affected.

    Creative web design in london

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  2. March 30, 2011 at 12:05 pm ET  -   Susan

    You might want to remove the word “exciting” from the very top of this page, where it says, “The exciting work of preparing and responding to public health events.”

    It’s not exciting to the victims of tragedies or emergencies and might unintentionally give the wrong message. Thank you.

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  3. April 3, 2011 at 6:56 pm ET  -   35 mariner

    I could hardly work on that day, and spend the rest of my time asking for prayers and support, I was in contact with a friend in Japan that time and I could hear her cry, but thanks GOD the US army have rescued her and her daughter

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  4. April 4, 2011 at 11:25 pm ET  -   Bill Barton Greenfoot

    They should consider the use of waste Egg Shells to help moderate the 15,000 tons of contaminated nuclear waste water they are considering to discharge into the Pacific ocean. The composition of the egg shell makes a perfect trace metals sink that will attract the nuclear particles that will otherwise make its way into the world’s ECOsystem. Japan & China both have an abundance of egg shell wastes that could be quickly accessed!

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  5. April 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm ET  -   Aloha Social Media Management

    Thanks for your help in both Japan and here at home in Hawaii. We appreciate it here on the Big Island. I’m sure our Japan visitors and friends do as well.

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  6. May 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm ET  -   Rock

    I would like to know what the true radiation levels are. The CDC says “low” but what is the actual level?

    Releasing the radiated water into the Pacific would create more long term ecological problems in addition to the BP oil spill in which we are still seeing effects of in marine life. They need to think of a long term solution not a quick fix and wait and see. Peoples lives, and animals and plant life; some of our food sources is at stake. Lets contain the disaster not make it larger.

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  7. June 9, 2011 at 8:05 am ET  -   Cydni

    It’s very sad to hear of what happened. Some people will tend to think that, just because they don’t live in the immediate danger areas that this could not happen to them. The earth has it’s way of doing things whether we like it or not. However, I hope that the responses from the US, as well as other surrounding countries, can be of great assistance to the people of Japan. Although, I am only one of millions who support the efforts to assist, I am very proud that I can. I am very appreciative of the University that I go to as well because they have made us aware of ways that we, as nurses, can be of great assistance.

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  8. August 19, 2011 at 6:39 am ET  -   Mark

    Nice article, would be nice to have an update

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  9. December 15, 2011 at 1:21 am ET  -   Krakow

    Outstandingly drafted article, if all blog writers supplied a similar posts just like you, websites would have been a more suitable place.

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  10. April 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm ET  -   Takashi Hoshizaki

    With the Fukushima earthquake artifacts drifting into Alaskan waters, I wonder what the radiation levels are in the various fishes being harvested.

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