WASHINGTON—A new registry and website was launched by DoD this week to provide location-based radiation dose estimate reports for troops and their families and DoD civilian employees that were impacted by the massive earthquake and tsunami that took place on March 11, 2011 in Japan.
The 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in 2011 led to damage at the Fukushima nuclear power plant and leaked radiation. Concerns were raised about radiation exposure to troops and their families.
According to DoD, the Operation Tomodachi Registry website “will include the names of nearly 70,000 DoD-affiliated individuals who were on or near the mainland of Japan during the period from March 12, 2011 to May 11, 2011 along with radiation exposure estimates for each of these individuals.”
A DoD statement said that none of the nearly 70,000 members of the DoD-affiliated population who were in the area between March 12 and May 11, 2011, are known to have been exposed to radiation at levels associated with adverse medical conditions.
The registry information can be found online at http://registry.csd.disa.mil/otr. According to the website, due to privacy concerns, individuals will be unable to link directly to the registry through the website. However, they will be able to learn more about the event, obtain location-based radiation dose estimates, and contact the registry administrators to obtain answers to their questions. The registry is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2012