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Originally posted by TheRedneck
reply to post by dvrt10
If I lived in CA, I would be monitoring local news for information. If possible, I would have some KI pills just in case, but I would not take them yet! KI pills have side effects and do no good if taken too soon. I would, as a precaution, trap some water, a few gallons, to use as drinking water just in case, and store them in the refrigerator. I would make sure I had a full tank of gas in the car, again, just in case, and supplies for a trip packed and ready.
None of these preparations (except the KI pills) are going to cost anything in the long run. You will still drink the water eventually, and drive the car eventually.
If I heard of some detection, I would minimize my outside exposure as much as practical and take one KI pill. I would also begin using that stored water for potable water.
If I heard reports that suggested that radiation levels might last longer than a week, or that they may be potentially harmful after all in areas, I would probably try to move east for a short time; stay with friends for a week or two, for instance. A few hundred miles inland should be all that is needed. But I really don't expect that to happen.
Remember these are just precautions... not expected to be needed. It is always better to be safe than sorry. As I like to say, expect the best, but prepare for the worst.
Originally posted by liejunkie01
reply to post by defenestrator
What lack of information? I have been following this thread for days now. The information has been flowing in quite steadily. The only time that information slows down is when it is 1 am in Japan. These people have to sleep you know! I am not one to back up the MSM all of the time, but the speculation is at a all time high on this thread. That is what I am getting at.
I will repeat. If "they" are not telling the truth and 40 million people get sick then I will be on the front lines fighting the sob's. If there is a cover up of the magnitude as being stated here, then it will not be long before we know. I just tend to wait on some more verifiable information before I jump on the "death" bandwagon. Remember for days now some people have said, "not long now, they are screwed."
IAEA: Japan officials say Tepco engineers have successfully laid new external power cable to No. 2 reactor at Fukushima plant .Tepco plans to reconnect power at No. 2 unit after they finish efforts to spray water on No. 3 reactor unit. |
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Originally posted by asset921vector4
America stay inside prepare now i am 99% positive you have had small doses up to 235 not enough to hurt sorry dont know the unit presume it cpm very small amount of time in very small areas if this info correct its gone a long way in i am seriously concerned expect earthquakes usa/ canada california-alaska and eventually a big wet youll have 48hrs at my guess b4 media reports it do you have a nuclear power plant in canada?theres a pattern to all this but not sure what nothing to back up yet to in depth will check out more now and post again.
Originally posted by TheRedneck
reply to post by lardo5150
Ah, the true fear-mongers are finally coming out in force!
First off, he is correct a simple Geiger counter is not enough to detect all the different types of radiation. Geiger counters typically measure either gamma radiation or ionizing radiation (radioactive particles that have an electric charge like beta)... sometimes both. A typical Geiger counter will not measure alpha radiation effectively nor neutron radiation.
Incidentally tritium is neutron radiation absorbed by water, as is deuterium. Dangerous, yes, but it can't just appear; it needs a transport mechanism capable of crossing the Pacific ocean without being rained out into that ocean... the only one I know of is the Jet Stream.
Plutonium in a reactor, MOX reactor included, can not explode like an atomic bomb! It is physically impossible. Even the huge explosions we have seen were not nuclear explosions; they were simple hydrogen explosions that happened in a high-radiation area, just like the infamous 'dirty bomb'. There will not, under any circumstances, be a nuclear explosion in Japan!
Meltdown is the worst-case scenario in any nuclear event. It simply doesn't get any worse, and that is good. Meltdowns are very bad things.
The saving grace of this catastrophe is that there has been little if any radioactive particles shot up into the Jet Stream. That is what happened at Chernobyl to cause the widespread damage, and that is why I was earlier watching closely for a massive superheated steam release. It never happened, and if the military will stop playing rescue ranger, it will not happen now. The devastation will be major, catastrophic, apocalyptic even, but will be primarily in Japan. Effects elsewhere will be minimal at worst, nonexistent at best.
If any radiation reaches the US tomorrow, it will be dispersed iodine-131 (8 day half-life, so well into its decay cycle) or cesium (relatively low-intensity radiation isotope). It will not be neutron radiation or plutonium.
'Prompt fission', incidentally, only happens in highly-enriched (95%) plutonium... nuclear plants use enrichment of less than 20%.