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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: RESEARCH BEFORE YOU REPOST! This is a map of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami generated off the coast of Japan on March 11, 2011 - 3 years ago this month. This map shows the maximum height of the tsunami in centimetres radiating outwards from the epicentre of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake. How do I know this? Because this map was issued by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) following the tsunami and I personally used it in 2011 to cover the tsunami’s aftermath and report the news. However, thanks to fear mongers and attention seekers, and people who believe what they read online… No offense, this map is going around on facebook, tumblr and other websites as a map supposedly showing radiation leaking from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan which was crippled in the tsunami. Now, was radiation released from the plant in alarming numbers? Yes. Was it spread? Yes. But the levels reported in the US are not alarming, they are minimal and it does not pose a danger to the US anymore. This map and many others being spread around the internet have nothing to do with the nuclear disaster, people are taking advantage of your lack of knowledge to spread fear. This map shows wave height, not radiation, look at the map key on the side… radiation is not measured in centimetres, it is measured in Becquerel (Bq) or curie (Ci). Plus, most radiation was released into the air, it would follow wind currents not ocean depths like a tsunami.  This is just like people spreading lies about politics or celebrities - you cannot believe everything you hear on the “news” or read online, you have to do your own, independent research. The disaster in Japan was and still is very serious especially for those who were personally affected by it, people need to know the truth about what is happening not be mislead, misguided or flat out lied to, especially with the painful anniversary just a week and change away. Please do not spread false information - look things up, ask experts, check sources, yes it takes up more time but it is very important and you will gain knowledge which is a priceless reward for your curiosity.  Thank you.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: RESEARCH BEFORE YOU REPOST!

This is a map of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami generated off the coast of Japan on March 11, 2011 - 3 years ago this month. This map shows the maximum height of the tsunami in centimetres radiating outwards from the epicentre of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake. How do I know this? Because this map was issued by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) following the tsunami and I personally used it in 2011 to cover the tsunami’s aftermath and report the news.

However, thanks to fear mongers and attention seekers, and people who believe what they read online… No offense, this map is going around on facebook, tumblr and other websites as a map supposedly showing radiation leaking from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan which was crippled in the tsunami. Now, was radiation released from the plant in alarming numbers? Yes. Was it spread? Yes. But the levels reported in the US are not alarming, they are minimal and it does not pose a danger to the US anymore. This map and many others being spread around the internet have nothing to do with the nuclear disaster, people are taking advantage of your lack of knowledge to spread fear.

This map shows wave height, not radiation, look at the map key on the side… radiation is not measured in centimetres, it is measured in Becquerel (Bq) or curie (Ci). Plus, most radiation was released into the air, it would follow wind currents not ocean depths like a tsunami.

This is just like people spreading lies about politics or celebrities - you cannot believe everything you hear on the “news” or read online, you have to do your own, independent research. The disaster in Japan was and still is very serious especially for those who were personally affected by it, people need to know the truth about what is happening not be mislead, misguided or flat out lied to, especially with the painful anniversary just a week and change away. Please do not spread false information - look things up, ask experts, check sources, yes it takes up more time but it is very important and you will gain knowledge which is a priceless reward for your curiosity.

Thank you.

An end to an era….

After more than 3 years and 8 months of dedicated, accurate and up to the minute breaking news and weather coverage, I have decided to leave journalism and reporting. The first event I covered was the devastating earthquake in Haiti on 12 January 2010, and the last event I will have covered was a shooting at McNair Elementary School on 19 August 2013. From earthquakes and tsunamis, to tornadoes, elections, school shootings, births and deaths, wars, oppression, protests and court cases, I have covered thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of stories, tragedies, disasters and events. It is bittersweet to think it has all come to an end. 

I will never forget the impacts the tsunami in Japan, shooting at Sandy Hook, and tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma and Tuscaloosa, Alabama have had on me.

Hopefully, this will open the door to other opportunities for me and bring about the change I desperately need in my life. Thank You for all of you who have supported me and I hope you continue to support me through future endeavors.

You just had to say this “weather is so gay” didn’t you?

You just had to say this “weather is so gay” didn’t you?