fu wrote:so i managed to get hold of my friends (that doesn't say much though with so many people involved) and they confirmed that half of the cell phones were not (some still do not) working due to the disaster (and also the fact that everyone was trying to call everyone else)
(sounds hopeful if you're still looking to reach nears+dears)
i just found a visual reference of what happened: part 1, part 2
Considerating Fukushima's situation, whether or not half of Japan's cell phones were working is of no importance. Either way, these people have a major problem. How long will it take for the radioactivity to reach the West Coast?