Masachi informed me that an English-language site has been established by the Fukushima prefecture. It provides extensive information on the current situation, emergency action, precautions, and even volunteer options. His message is below.
"The Fukushima prefectural government has created an English website related to the earthquake and the situation of radioactive materials. The following is the link/
Emergency Information from the Disaster Provision Main Office of Fukushima Pref http://www.worldvillage.org/fia/kinkyu_english.php
The website contains information of detected levels of radioactive materials in each sub-region of Fukushima prefecture. Iitate-village's data is shown there and you can see the results for each day.
Prefectural districts : Measurement value of the environmental radioactivity (provisional value) http://www.worldvillage.org/fia/data/pd_e_358.pdf
As of March 30, the above site shows the results. Iitate's level is still higher than the other areas outside of the designated evacuation area.
The Fukushima prefectural government will start testing soils to check radioactive materials from March 31. Samples of soils will be taken from 70 sites in all municipalities. The results will be released around April 6th.
Last night (March 29), the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan (under the Cabinet Office) expressed their view on how long it takes to cool down the nuclear plant. They said it would take years. They also mentioned that fixing up the circulation system of coolant should be completed within 1-2 years. It is really a long term disaster..."