Prepare for the Rolling Blackouts/Planned Power Outage (輪番停電)

Updated 4/18 20:39

TEPCO has announced that they will cancel the rolling blackouts for while
Detail of their plan can be found here


Rolling Blackouts Schedule Search by Area
* Take note that you need to enter your address in Kanji.

* Group 5's power will stop aromund 1pm for 3 hours today.

For the most updated information please check "updated information of planned power outagehttp://japanearthquakeinformation.blogspot.com/2011/03/updates-on-planned-power-outage.html
These informaiton are subject to change and please check the pages periodically

Currently, East Japan is facing energy shortage due to many power plants was damaged by the earthquake and went out of line.

TEPCO, a electricity supply company in Eastern Japan, has declared that they will carry out rolling blackouts to maintain electricity demand under control. The supply of electricity will be cut for three hours. The affected area are divided into five sections and each group of manicipalities will take a turn for the planned blackouts.

This measure will affect the residents of 9 prefectures in East Japan, in cluding Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitaima, Chiba, Tochigi, Gunnma, Ibaraki, Yamanashi, and Shizuoka

During this period, energy supply to the area including houses office, factory, even to hospitals and schools, will go down altogether.

Traffic lights and street lights will be out as well. Extra cautious about your safety at night.

You are advised not to use elevator during this period, as they also powered by electricity and you will be most likely to surrender inside.

The municipalities are divided into 5 groups

Schedule for the planned power outage from March 21st to 27st

4/1 Friday
6:20-10:00 and *13:50-17:30 (1:50 pm - 5:30 pm) -- Group 5
9:20-13:00 (9:20 am - 1:00 pm) and *16:50-20:30 (4:50 pm - 8:30 pm) -- Group 1
12:20-16:00 (12:20 pm - 4:00 pm) -- Group 2
15:20-19:00 (3:20 pm - 7:00 pm) -- Group 3
18:20-22:00 (6:20 pm - 10:00 pm) -- Group 4

4/2 Saturday
6:20-10:00 and *13:50-17:30 (1:50 pm - 5:30 pm) -- Group 1
9:20-13:00 (9:20 am - 1:00 pm) and *16:50-20:30 (4:50 pm - 8:30 pm) -- Group 2
12:20-16:00 (12:20 pm - 4:00 pm) -- Group 3
15:20-19:00 (3:20 pm - 7:00 pm) -- Group 4
18:20-22:00 (6:20 pm - 10:00 pm) -- Group 5

4/3 Sunday
6:20-10:00 and *13:50-17:30 (1:50 pm - 5:30 pm) -- Group 2
9:20-13:00 (9:20 am - 1:00 pm) and *16:50-20:30 (4:50 pm - 8:30 pm) -- Group 3
12:20-16:00 (12:20 pm - 4:00 pm) -- Group 4
15:20-19:00 (3:20 pm - 7:00 pm) -- Group 5
18:20-22:00 (6:20 pm - 10:00 pm) -- Group 1

4/4 Monday
6:20-10:00 and *13:50-17:30 (1:50 pm - 5:30 pm) -- Group 3
9:20-13:00 (9:20 am - 1:00 pm) and *16:50-20:30 (4:50 pm - 8:30 pm) -- Group 4
12:20-16:00 (12:20 pm - 4:00 pm) -- Group 5
15:20-19:00 (3:20 pm - 7:00 pm) -- Group 1
18:20-22:00 (6:20 pm - 10:00 pm) -- Group 2

4/5 Tuesday
6:20-10:00 and *13:50-17:30 (1:50 pm - 5:30 pm) -- Group 4
9:20-13:00 (9:20 am - 1:00 pm) and *16:50-20:30 (4:50 pm - 8:30 pm) -- Group 5
12:20-16:00 (12:20 pm - 4:00 pm) -- Group 1
15:20-19:00 (3:20 pm - 7:00 pm) -- Group 2
18:20-22:00 (6:20 pm - 10:00 pm) -- Group 3

4/6 Wendnesday
6:20-10:00 and *13:50-17:30 (1:50 pm - 5:30 pm) -- Group 5
9:20-13:00 (9:20 am - 1:00 pm) and *16:50-20:30 (4:50 pm - 8:30 pm) -- Group 1
12:20-16:00 (12:20 pm - 4:00 pm) -- Group 2
15:20-19:00 (3:20 pm - 7:00 pm) -- Group 3
18:20-22:00 (6:20 pm - 10:00 pm) -- Group 4

You can find out which place will get blackout by typing the name of your city in Japanese in the box. It's up to date. Please use it.

Google map of planned power outage groups
Note this is not an official map provided by TEPCO
This map is based on the inromation available on March 13th 2011.
Please refer TEPCO web tool above or website of your municipalities for the most updated information

List of Municipalities and District

Japanese Example Sentences

Is our city included in this list of municipalities affected by a planned power outage?"

今日 計画停電が起こると聞きました。
Excuse me.
I am in trouble because I don’t understand any Japanese
I heard that we are having a planned power outage today.
Do you know what time would it happen?
Could you write it down here?
Thank you"

Do you have a flush lights?"

What should You do?

Prepare for the blackouts
- Use flush lights not candles. Candles might cause fire.
- Stay informed. This blackouts are PLANNED and only last for three hours. Lights will comeback.
- Plug off electrics before you leave. Some electrics, such as hair drier and hotpots are prone to create sparks when the power supply is back and be a fire hazard.
- Secure food and water in advance. In some area, water supply will be intermitted as well. Prepare meals and water before hand.
- Stay warm. In some buildings heats are also provided by electricity. Put extra layer.
- Don't open your fridge. Most of the fridge and freezer in Japan are well insulated. If you don't open the door, it will stay cool for three hours.

Conserve energy
- Every kWh you don’t use will help getting steady supply of electricity not only your area, but also the areas severely affected by the earthquake.
- There are lives you can save by keeping heat low and plug of unused electrics, especially during a time between 18:00-17:00http://japanearthquakeinformation.blogspot.com/

For People in Miyagi


Official Info blog for foreigners in Sendai

Sendai Official Website in Multilanguage

Emergency Information for Foreign Residents in Sendai City about Life


Inquiry counter for foreginers in Sendai. English, Chinese, andKorean speakers are available.

This is a list of emergency water, food, cell phone charging stations in Sendai.

False Rumor of Chiba Prefecture Cosmo Oil Explosion

On twitter and through many emails, there has been a false rumor going around that an oil explosion has caused poisonous rain to fall in Chiba Prefecture.

Cosmo Oil, in conjunction with Chiba Prefecture, has published an official statement.

"In Regards to Emails About the Chiba Oil Factory"

Cosmo Oil
Corporate Communication Dept, PR Room

Today, it seems that emails titled "Cosmo Oil Secondary Disaster Prevention Information" were sent out randomly to many people. The information contained included: "the poisonous substance released in the Cosmo Oil explosion has adhered to the clouds and will pour in Chiba as rain."

However, this is not true. The tank in question was filled with LP gas, which despite flowing into the atomosphere as a result of the explosion will have little effect on the human body.

We sincerely apologize to the residents of Chiba, as well as all those related, for any trouble and/or worry this has caused.

Source: http://www.cosmo-oil.co.jp/information/110312/index.html

PTSD Child Care

Post‐Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that results in psychological trauma. While many adults are also affected by this, children who have experienced a big earthquake are very likely to struggle with this. Common symptoms include: Re-experiencing, Avoidance, and Hyperarousal.

You can find various information about PTSD online, so I'll focus on how you can help your children here.

Make children feel secure and relieved
- do not leave them alone
- eat and play together
- hug them and hold their hands
- tell them that it is normal to feel sadness, anger, anxiety
- to those who blame themselves, tell them "it is not your fault"
- say "I'll protect you" and "We are safe/okay" instead of "Do your best" or "Be patient"
- talk about pleasant memories
- do not scold them even if they behave badly

Discuss what they are confused about
- ask what they are actually anxious about, with what they are struggling
- do not generalize or dodge the problem
- answer confidently, even if they repeat the same question over and over

Accept their feelings calmly and sincerely
- when they talk, get down to the same height as them, look them in the eyes, make brief responses while listening, and never interrupt them
- do not force them to talk if they don't want to

Provide opportunities for them to play and act
- at their own pace, let them communicate with friends through sports or play
- let them express freely by drawing, singing, and writing
- the feeling of helping others makes them feel good, so let them help you with easy things

If adults show their anxiety, children's symptoms may get worse or cause them to try to hide their anxiety and stress. In cases of disasters like this, however, it is often impossible for adults to be totally calm; adult anxiety is also normal.

So, please do not push yourself too hard. Please ask for help; often others will be helped by helping you. Talk to other adults, counselors, friends, or other parents in the same shelter or area. Incorporate and take turns with them in caring for the children.

The most important thing is to listen to children sincerely, and have fun with them. Talk about your favorite movie, food, memory, and smile together.

Even during the hardest times, do not forget to smile, to have hope, and to appreciate that you are alive.

For People in Tokyo

Evacuation Map





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UW-Madison: How Can You Help Japan?

Now we have our official website!
Book mark http://jtr.rso.wisc.edu/ to get lates news on our activities.

About Japan Tsunami Relief (JTR)
As you already know, a terrible earthquake hit Japan on March 11. The M9.0 earthquake triggered many other earthquakes, tsunami, and a potential nuclear meltdown. The aftershock tremors continue to force the tired and scared people of Japan to take shelter. Japan will need a lot of money to provide sufficient food/medicine/blankets for refugees ,and to rebuild houses/roads/all the things destroyed by the disaster.

As Japanese in the US and people who loves the country, members of the Japan Tsunami Relief (JTR) are very frustrated not being able to run to help our loved ones. However, we believe there is something we can do from here in Madison.

For at least the coming several weeks and possibly longer, we will be organizing many fundraising events. A dollar or the change in your pocket can make people in Japan smile. Even if it is difficult for you to donate money, please come to our events to say hi to us. We would love to thank you for your caring.
If you prefer other organizations, you can find a list of reliable organizations.

Official Statement on Donation or Offers of Assistance by Embassy of Japan

Evacuation Order: Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

Updated: March 23, 22:57 (JPN)

Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced that elevated level of radioactive idoine has been ditected and advice residents not to give tap water to babies
The detail will be found here http://japanearthquakeinformation.blogspot.com/2011_03_23_archive.html

World Health Organization (WHO) posted the Q&A for health concern about Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accidents. WHO is supporting the evacuation order by Japanese Government as reasonable measure for protecting human health.

The level of radiation emitted from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is rising and Japanese Government ordered to the people who live with in 20-30 km from the plant to stay inside, close doors and windows and turn off air conditioning to minimize the exposure to radio active material.
They have also been advised to cover their mouths with masks, towels or handkerchiefs as well as not to drink tap water.
These area includes

▽Tokiwa-cho (partial) 常葉町
▽Takine-cho (partial)滝根町
▽Oetsu-cho (partial) 大越町
▽Minamisoma City (partial) 南相馬市
▽Namie-cho (partial) 浪江町
▽Naraba-cho (partial) 楢葉町
▽Hirono-cho (partial)広野町
▽Village of Kuzuo (partial)葛尾村
▽Village of Kawanaka (partial)川内村
▽Funamibiki-cho (partial)船引町
This is not a evacuation order yet.

Fukushima Daiichi and Daini Nuclear Power Plant


If you are in any of those city, you are recommended to evaculate immidiately. They are either 20km radinus of Fukushima Daiichi or Fukushima Daini Genpatsu (Nuclear Powerplant)

▽Futaba-cho 双葉町
▽Tomioka-cho 富岡町
▽Minamisoma City 南相馬市
▽Namie-cho 浪江町
▽Naraba-cho 楢葉町
▽Hirono-cho 広野町
▽Village of Kuzuo 葛尾村
▽Village of Kawanaka 川内村
▽Tamura City 田村市
▽Minamisoma City 南相馬市

It is also recommended for Resuidents of Fukushima prefecture to stay inside, close doors and windows and turn off air conditioning to minimize the exposure to radio active material. They have also been advised to cover their mouths with masks, towels or handkerchiefs as well as not to drink tap water.

*Don't drink cough medicine or disinfectant.
There are false rumore going around to drink cough medicine or disinfectant containing lots of idone. However, those products also contains harmful substace and not effective for protecting people from radiation exposure. You are recommended to consult with your doctor.

More information about shelters and nuclear emergency can be found this website in Japnese/English
Website of Fukushima Prefecture

Map of shelters

Source: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20110315/t10014681951000.html

Reacting an Accidents at a Nuclear Powerplant
Chinese: http://www.pref.shimane.lg.jp/genan/genbousai.data/siori_c17.pdf
Korean :http://www.pref.shimane.lg.jp/genan/genbousai.data/siori_c17.pdf