Last week’s blog entry was written before the earthquake, aftershocks and tsunami waves struck Japan. In the week that followed, I haven’t given enough thought to SharePoint to conjure up 600 – 800 words that are worth sharing. My thoughts and prayers have been with the people of Japan, especially the plant employees, fire department, defense forces and other responders working tirelessly at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and at the other nuclear sites affected by the natural disasters. In addition, I have a renewed appreciation, and respect for my coworkers, and the thousands of people in the nuclear industry in the U.S. and around the world.
If you are interested in how I am getting my news as these tragic events unfold, here is a short list of the sites I visit and the folks I follow:
NEI – the Nuclear Energy Institute. NEI is the policy organization for the nuclear technologies industry. They have been doing a great job covering this event, sifting through and adding clarity to the tons of information available. I follow NEI on Twitter too.
Scientific American – A source of science news and information I have trusted since I was a teenager. I have subscribed to Scientific American during most of my life, I frequently visit their website and I folow them on Twitter at http://twitter.com/sciam.
@norishikata – The Twitter feed of Noriyuki Shikata, Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Public Relations, Director of Global Communications at Prime Minister’s Office of Japan. A great source for informative local insight to these events.
@PacificFleet – The Twiiter feed of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet. I began following @PacificFleet for first-hand information about relief efforts of the U.S. and Japanese navies.
Of course, every news organization large and small is covering these events. Read and follow whomever you prefer, but please take the time to follow-up on the hype, and check and recheck the facts before forwarding them to others. These events continue to change rapidly; it is difficult at best to know for certain what is happening on the ground in Japan.