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There has been a second blast at the Fukushima No 1 nuclear plant. Television footage suggests the outer building of the third reactor has been blown away – as in the first blast – but officials believe the reactor container remains intact and says there is little prospect of a significant release of radioactive material. Officials warned yesterday that there might be another hydrogen explosion.
WASHINGTON - THE crew of the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, on a humanitarian mission to Japan, received a month's worth of radiation in about an hour, The New York Times reported.
Citing unnamed government officials, the newspaper said the ship passed through a radioactive cloud from damaged nuclear reactors in Japan when it approached the country on its humanitarian mission.
Japan has been battling to control two overheating reactors at the ageing Fukushima plant after the cooling systems were knocked out by Friday's 8.9-magnitude quake and the resulting tsunami that swallowed up whole towns.
A new explosion at the plant hit the country on Monday as experts raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of the quake and tsunami.
US helicopters flying missions about 96km north of the damaged reactors became coated with radioactive dust that had to be washed off, the report said.
There was no indication that any of the military personnel had experienced ill effects from the exposure, the paper said. But the episodes showed that the prevailing winds were picking up radioactive material from crippled reactors in north-eastern Japan, The Times noted. -- AFP
Originally posted by lektrofellon
reply to post by byteshertz
reply to post by bjsmi2
I gotta say the Japs deserved the two nukes we dropped on them in 1945,but they definitely dont deserve this one!edit on 12/3/11 by lektrofellon because: (no reason given)
Calculated time for radioactive particles to cross the Pacific from the power plants in Japan to big West Coast cities if the particles take a direct path and move at a speed of 20 mph:
Cities Approx. Distance (miles) Approx. Time to Cross Pacific (days)
Anchorage - 3,457 miles 7days
Honolulu - 3,847 miles 8 days
Seattle - 4,792 miles 10 days
Los Angeles - 5,477 miles 11 days
Originally posted by intelinside451
reply to post by DABIGRAGU
Anything under 100 Rs is considered nothing more than space radiation which we get hit with everyday.