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Radiation heading east towards the US

Posted by feww on March 17, 2011

Atomic Energy: A Tragicomedy of Errors

Low levels of radioactive particles are detected on their way to N. America: Swedish official

Radioactivity from the disaster-stricken Fukushima NPP will  reach North American shores  within days, a Swedish official has said.

The research director at the Swedish Defense Research Institute (SDRI), a government agency, was quoted as saying that, based  on data received from a network of global monitoring stations, some radioactive particles, albeit minuscule amounts, would cross the Atlantic, and even reach Europe, as did after the Chernobyl disaster.

“It is not something you see normally,” Lars-Erik De Geer told Reuters. However, “it is not high from any danger point of view.”

“It is only a question of very, very low activities so it is nothing for people to worry about,” he said.

“In the past when they had nuclear weapons tests in China … then there were similar clouds all the time without anybody caring about it at all.”More …

US Citizen Advised to Leave from 80-km Radius of NPP

Earlier today, the state department advised all US citizens living within 80km (50 miles)  of Fukushima Daiichi NPP to leave the area. Japanese government’s exclusion zone is 20km, with a 20-30km caution zone.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission  released the following statement:

“All the available information continues to indicate Hawaii, Alaska, the U.S. Territories and the U.S. West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity.”

Three Mile Island

Meanwhile, the US Energy Secretary said the situation seemed to be more serious than the 1979 partial meltdown of the Three Mile Island NNP in Pennsylvania.

The French Connection

According to nuke scientists in France, the Three Mile Island partial meltdown was a 5 on a scale of 1 to 7, with the Chernobyl core meltdown scoring 7, and the Fukushima NPP crisis so far rating 6 in severity.

The Chinese Gamble

The Chinese authorities are having second thoughts about their wholesale nuclear energy plan. They are building 27 new reactors (a total of 70 are under construction globally), but have  suspended approval for new plants because of the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi NNP.

China had ambitiously planned to build at least 110 nuclear reactors during the next five years.

“We will temporarily suspend approval for nuclear power projects, including those that have already begun preliminary work, before nuclear safety regulations are approved,” said an official statement.

“Safety is our top priority in developing nuclear power plants.”

Most of China’s new NPP’s are planned near high-population areas, and “China’s State Council has assured people that the country will not be affected by the radioactive leaks.” Said a report.

We Are Not Invincible!

However many Chinese prefer to buy salt for “radiation protection” rather than believe the government assurances about radiation safety.

People are hoarding huge quantities of salt for protection against radiation. Potassium iodide, a salt, provides protection against thyroid cancer caused by radiation.

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7 Responses to “Radiation heading east towards the US”

  1. Nims said

    [Unable to verify this part of your claim. Link you supplied didn’t work, either. Moderator]

    I was simply stating that the majority of Americans are uninformed not only about world events, but also past and current events in their own backyard. In a time of recession, West Coast Americans are wasting their money on gas masks and iodine pills because CNN said there’s a slim chance of some non-harmful radiation making it across the Pacific Ocean. Imagine the increase in anti-Americanism in Japan when they learn the Mark 1 Fukushima reactors are an American design that has had questions raised about its safety for 40 years.

    • feww said

      That’s a poor attempt even by NZ standards to incite anti-American feeling among the Blog’s Japanese audience [especially via disinformation.]

      Reactor 3, 4 and 5 were built by two Japanese companies: Toshiba and Hitachi.

      Informed sources say Japanese have little anti-American feelings (far less than the hatred readily displayed by New Zealanders), contrary to the rumors.

      Japanese are smart people. A testimony to their intelligence is their high level of social awareness. The percentage of poor and the dispossessed in Japan, according to reliable figures, are far lower than in any other developed countries. In contrast, more than a third of New Zealand children live in poverty.

      Further, Japanese have always directed the blame for the national issues at their own system of corrupt politics and governance, NOT at America.

      Whereas there’s freedom of thought, expression and speech in Japan, NZ’s “apartheid” regime prevents its minority host nation from enjoying such “luxuries.”

      You have had your say and we don’t intend to continue this conversation. This blog is dedicated to far more important issues than discussing the depressing Victorian system in New Zealand.


  2. Nims said

    Considering all Americans are already genetically mutated from the nuclear fallout they or their parents received during the above-ground nuclear tests of the 60s and 70s and the radioactive water all West Coast Americans drink now that comes from the contaminated aquifers used in underground nuclear testing from the 60s to the 90s, I don’t think they have to worry about the slim chance of some Cs-137 making it all the way to the West Coast from Japan. [Strong language! Removed by Moderator.]

    • feww said

      Out of curiosity, we traced your IP address to Snap Internet Limited in Christchurch, New Zealand.

      Interestingly, our friends in NZ had already warned us about the strong anti-American sentiment over there.

      So, here’s your opportunity to tell everyone why you hate Americans so much.

      If you use civil language, we’ll NOT edit your comment next time.

  3. Scott said

    PS: Please don’t post my query.

  4. Scott said

    Moderator replies:
    Have removed your query as requested. Unfortunately, we’re unable to provide any specific advice. AAR, it would be meaningless to do so given the enormity of disasters that could strike ANYWHERE, ANYTIME.

    However, the best general advice we can give you or anyone in the same predicament as you is:

    Encourage your folks, friends and neighbors to join in!

    b) Keep out of the areas that the Blog Moderators identify as places of “Imminent Danger.”

    c) Show your love for the planet through THOUGHT and ACTION. Prove to her that you are a valuable asset, NOT a vicious pathogen. And hope for the best.
    REMEMBER, only the most ethical groups/individuals among us could conceivably survive what is about to befall the human race.

    You may continue to get in touch with us in the same way.

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