Fukushima Nuclear Plant, Viewed in NOTAMs

Photo courtesy of the US Pacific Fleet

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan has pulled away from the shores of Japan, after detecting radioactive contamination on seventeen US sailors…

…one hundred nautical miles away from the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant.

And the situation only seems to be getting worse, simply judging by the NOTAMs, or Notices to Airmen, published for the northeastern portion of Japan.  In less than 72 hours, officials have gone from simply advising pilots to “avoid” flying within 10 kilometers of the Fukushima plant to declaring a prohibited area within 30 kilometers.    Observe:

(All times UTC)

B1047/11 - ALL ACFT ARE REQUESTED TO AVOID FLYING THE FLW AIRSPACE

AIRSPACE WITHIN A RADIUS OF 10KM FM 371859N1410130E

THE TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER CO.,INC. FUKUSHIMA NR2
(TOMIOKA-NARAHA-CHO FUTABA-GUN IN FUKUSHIMA)
RMK/SEE AIP ENR 5.3-30. SFC – 32810FT MSL, 12 MAR 09:35 2011 UNTIL UFN. CREATED:
12 MAR 09:40 2011

B1080/11 – IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ARTICLE 80 OF CIVIL AERONAUTICS LAW,
FLT PROHIBITED AREA IS ESTABLISHED AS FLW,
IDENTIFICATION : RJP1
AREA : WI A RADIUS OF 30KM FM 372529N1410158E
(THE TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER CO.INC. FUKUSHIMA NO.1,
OKUMA-FUTABA-CHO FUTABA-GUN IN FUKUSHIMA)
RMK/SEE AIP ENR 5.3-29. SFC – UNL, 15 MAR 02:59 2011 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 15
MAR 03:03 2011

About Crispin Burke

Major Crispin Burke is a US Army aviator qualified in the UH-60 and LUH-72 helicopters. Major Burke has served in the 82nd Airborne Division, 10th Mountain Division, and Joint Task Force-Bravo in Honduras. In what is likely a sad statement on the state of humanity, Major Burke's writings, musings, and irreverent cartoons have been featured at Small Wars Journal, National Defense University, Foreign Policy Online, Wired Magazine, Egremont, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Great Satan's Girlfriend.
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