The balloons weren't designed to navigate themselves and that's part of the wonder of this Japans offensive. The ballons would rise to the sky, from the beaches of Japan, and follow the Jet Stream all the way to the United States.
From the time the balloons were launched, it would take 3-4 days to reach the United States. About 1,000 of the more than 9,000 balloons actually reached the United States or Canada. The rest are believed to have failed during their journey, falling into the ocean.
Originally posted by jlafleur02
Also would like to have someone who knows about radiation and its effects to look at any data collected. They would need to tell us if the levels are dangerous or nothing to worry about.
Originally posted by Seekeye2
When Chinobal in Russia went into meltdown - the whole of the North West Coast of the UK was contaminated for years - I remember the sheep in that area weren't allowed to be used in the food chain for a long time.
There was also a lot of Cancers in the area too and I remember people used to blaim the Power Plant that was situated on that same coast - can't remember the name of the plant but it was over in the Lake District and the residents were always protesting with the proof they had which was being denied.
Others in the UK may remember more than I.
So expect similar sinario - you're right to be concerned.
Originally posted by jlafleur02
I am starting this thread to track the radiation, if any that would come to the west coast. Heres what I need.
1. A timeline that tracks the movement of possible radiation using the jet stream.( i am not a weather man)
2. People on the west coast who have a gieger counter(army/navy store?), or a measurement device that measures radiation.(if anyone knows about this please give some help as to what the right device is)give location and all data.
3. Take readings now to form a baseline and then every 15 minutes or so and see if there is a rise that cooresponds with the timeline created earlier.
This would be the best way to know if radiation is going to affect us. Lets not speculate what the news is telling us and find out for ourselves.edit on 12-3-2011 by jlafleur02 because: (no reason given)edit on 12-3-2011 by jlafleur02 because: (no reason given)
Radiation sickness is generally associated with acute (a single large) exposure. Nausea and vomiting are usually the main symptoms. The amount of time between exposure to radiation and the onset of the initial symptoms may be an indicator of how much radiation was absorbed, as symptoms appear sooner with higher doses of exposure. The symptoms of radiation sickness become more serious (and the chance of survival decreases) as the dosage of radiation increases. A few symptom-free days may pass between the appearance of the initial symptoms and the onset of symptoms of more severe illness associated with higher doses of radiation. Nausea and vomiting generally occur within 24–48 hours after exposure to mild (1–2 Sv) doses of radiation. Radiation damage to the intestinal tract lining will cause nausea, bloody vomiting and diarrhea.
If you are advised to shelter in place, you should do the following:
◦Close and lock all doors and windows.
◦Turn off fans, air conditioners, and forced-air heating units that bring in fresh air from the outside. Only use units to recirculate air that is already in the building.
◦Close fireplace dampers.
◦If possible, bring pets inside.
◦Move to an inner room or basement.
◦Keep your radio tuned to the emergency response network or local news to find out what else you need to do.
Originally posted by thedeadwalkk
Can salt be used if you dont have access to potassium iodide or kelp?
The greatest risk from radiation release following a nuclear power plant accident or detonation of a nuclear weapon is from iodine131. This isotope of iodine is one of the products of uranium fission. The problem is that this isotope of iodine is concentrated by the body in one spot: the thyroid. Thus, the thyroid gets a much heavier radiation dose than any other part of the body. In the years following the 1986 Chernobyl accident, thyroid cancer is the only cancer to have seen a significantly increased incidence, and the increase in thyroid cancer there is huge. The World Health Organization estimates that a third of the children in parts of Belarus will develop thyroid cancer.
However, the thyroid takes only as much iodine as it can use. By consuming iodine-containing tablets for the days following radiation release during which exposure is greatest, the thyroid is saturated and will not take up much of the radioactive iodine131.
The half life of iodine131 is only eight days, so the time one needs protection is limited. In most cases I can imagine, withing a few days either wind would have dispersed the radioactive material or we would have evacuated.
Events that would trigger the need for potassium iodide are quite unlikely, but so are many events that we insure against. I see potassium iodide as an insurance policy against the unlikely event of a nuclear weapon detonation or a reactor accident.