US Sends Japan Marine Corp Radiation Experts, Japan, U.S. Begin Air and Sea Operation to Recover Bodies

04/01/2011
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Marine Corp efforts to aid Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims

TOKYO (majirox news) – - The United States sent troops to help in response to any emergency situation created by the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, which has been spewing radiation since the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11 .

In addition, they will treat people exposed to radiation and workers at the plant.

The Marine Corp contingency of 155 from the Chemical and Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF) will arrive in Japan today at Yokota Base.

If an incident occurs they can be immediately deployed to the affected areas and provide relief efforts, security, detection, identification, expert medical advice, and limited decontamination of personnel and equipment.

CBIRF, which is directed by the National Command Authority, are trained with specialized equipment accommodated for operations to chemical biological incidents worldwide. Through detection, decontamination and emergency medical services, their capabilities are aimed to reduce the effects of a chemical or biological incidents.

The unit was also created to minimize the potential threats of chemical biological terrorists.

CBIRF was started in 1996, at its home base in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In response to Presidential Decision Directive 39, the Marine Corps created the unit to counter chemical/biological terrorist threat, according to Global Security. The force is completely self-contained and self-sufficient, capable of deploying anywhere in the world on short notice.

Meanwhile, U.S. forces and JSDF, Japan’s Self defense Force, will begin searching for missing people in the central coast of Iwate and Fukushima prefectures.

A total of about 25,000 personnel will search, especially in the ocean, for remains of the victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, which killed thousands of people.

The U.S. will use helicopters and fighter aircraft from the U.S. nuclear carrier “Ronald Reagan.”

A total of 11,532 people were confirmed dead by Japan’s National Police Agency as of Thursday, while 16,441 were missing.

More than 172,400 people were in shelters around the country following evacuation.

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