As the crisis continues with Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a variety of STRATFOR nuclear science and engineering sources said Japanese government statements that the troubled Unit 1 reactor container has not been breached are highly dubious. Reports of iodine and cesium outside of the plant indicate that the reactor’s containment structure has been breached.
Iodine is in the fuel pins and cesium is a particulate, meaning there are heavy particles in the air, which are basically radioactive dust. Cesium 137, which Yomiuri Shimbun reports has been discovered in the surrounding area, is probably a product of the nuclear fission process and a strong demonstration of severe damage to the nuclear reactor’s core. The fact that the government has prepared a series of iodine treatments for locals in the vicinity of the nuclear plants suggests it is anticipating the need to prevent iodine exposure.
Meanwhile 90 people were reported as possibly exposed to radiation, including 30 refugees from the area and 60 people on staff at Futaba hospital. Sources suspect that Japan has already undergone “clad failure” (when zirconium in the rods reacts with water) leading to a violent exothermic reaction. This produces large quantities of hydrogen. The March 12 blast was probably caused by a combined steam and hydrogen explosion. The explosion may have destroyed the containment structure in the reactor vessel. This raises the distinct possibility that the core will gain heat to the point that it will melt through the reactor at the bottom of the reactor vessel. While there remain too many uncertainties to make reliable forecasts, the disaster has clearly escalated to a high level. Critical questions will be whether the radiation count rises above 1000 millirems per hour and whether winds should change direction to blow radiation from the north into Tokyo.
Q. Would ingestion of iodized, common table salt be effective in a nuclear accident if KI pills are not available?
A. The daily dose of potassium iodide (KI) for thyroid blocking is 130 mg per day for up to two weeks. This equates to 96 mg of iodine (I). Iodized salt contains about 0.085 mg of KI per gram of salt (according to the Morton Salt Company). To get the I equivalent of a 130 mg KI pill would require the ingestion of 1,529 grams of salt which would most likely be fatal. According to research by Health Physicist Ken Miller, Hershey Medical Center,
a person can get a blocking dose of iodine by painting 8 ml of either tincture of iodine or providone iodine (betadine) scrub on the forearm daily. William Kirk, PhD, CHP Pennsylvania Bureau of Radiation Protection
Originally posted by MindSpin
There is way too much fearmongering going on in these threads.
I love getting news and real time updates from ATS...but with people freaking out about radiation poisoning in the US or the end of the world...it's really distracting and really making me question the validity of any updates or information coming in about this topic.
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Originally posted by harrytuttle
Radiation may be the least of our problems if that reactor melts through the Earth's crust to the mantle. Then we'll be worry about TEOTWAWKI!!!!!
Originally posted by snowen20
One guy even went so far as to say that getting a CT scan at the hospital would expose you to more than 100 times more radiation than you would get standing for hours at ground zero of the reactor
Originally posted by harrytuttle
Well, I'm glad I ordered my radiation pills (potassium iodide) today from Amazon before they all sell out. Then again, radiation may be the least of our problems if that reactor melts through the Earth's crust to the mantle. Then we'll be worry about TEOTWAWKI!!!!!