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NLM Resources Related to Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Radiation Emergencies

The National Library of Medicine has resources that may help with understanding the health issues related to the devastating Japan earthquake, tsunami and possible nuclear power plant disruptions. Resources from NLM, US federal agencies, and other key resources are listed on the new topic page, Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Radiation Event – March 2011 at

Earthquakes, Tsunamis:
For earthquake information for responders and health professionals, see Earthquakes-Resources for Response and Recovery.

MedlinePlus has topic pages on earthquakes and tsunamis in English and Spanish. Although not intended to be specific to the current events in Japan, these pages give background information for a general audience:

Radiation Emergencies:
Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) is a website that provides guidance for health care providers, primarily physicians, about clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation injury during radiological and nuclear emergencies. REMM provides just-in-time, evidence-based, usable information with sufficient background and context to make complex issues understandable to those without formal radiation medicine expertise.

REMM is available online at and is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an emergency if the internet is not accessible. Mobile REMM, which contains selected, key files from the online, full version of REMM, is also available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and Palm OS devices.

For a general audience, see the MedlinePlus pages on:

Free Resources from Publishers for Medical Responders:
The Emergency Access Initiative has been activated for the period March 14, 2011 – April 8, 2011 to support those affected by the disasters in Japan or for those providing assistance to the affected population. This online collection provides free temporary access to 200+ popular medical journals. It also includes over 60 e-books, including the Merck Manual, Harrison’s Internal Medicine, basic textbooks, drug handbooks, and titles on emergency medicine, infectious diseases, toxicology, post-disaster public health and more.

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