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Originally posted by StonerDude420
reply to post by onyx718
I live in BC and theyve put up an emergency program and have set up 300 ICu beds in vancouver and victorian hospitals and weve been told to secure clean drinking water and stay indoors
But an American government body just south of British Columbia has issued a statement suggesting that those on the West Coast of North America have little to fear.
The Washington State Board of Health in Olympia said on Saturday that the "nuclear event" in Japan poses no human risk in Washington state, and that officials are conducting precautionary monitoring.
"The nuclear plant incident in the wake of the earthquake in Japan has raised concerns among some people in Washington about windblown radiation coming to our state," the statement said.
"The state Department of Health is conducting ongoing air monitoring for radiation to see if the nuclear plant incident in Japan has affected radiation levels in Washington."
There have been no elevated readings so far, it said.
Even in the event of a significant release from the reactor, radiation would be diluted before reaching the West Coast, the health agency said.
"Levels would be so low no protective action would be necessary," it said.
The director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University also believes that the West Coast is facing very little risk.
"It's impossible to imagine any significant radioactivity reaching the West Coast of the U.S., because it's going to get so dispersed," said David Brenner, who studies radioactive dosing and works with groups involved in planning responses to nuclear disasters.
David Measday, a nuclear physicist at the University of British Columbia, also said that even in the event of a large-scale meltdown, the radiation would dissipate over distance.
Vancouver is far enough away to avoid serious complications, he said.
From the federal government to the province to individual communities, there are a multitude of emergency response plans in place, though the level of preparedness ranges.
A provincial autodialer that makes 1000 calls in 20 minutes to key stakeholders from RCMP to the coast guard activates in crucial situations, and hundreds of emails and faxes are sent immediately as well, said Kelli Kryzanowski, manager of catastrophic disaster planning with Emergency Management B.C.
But British Columbians should at least be ready to go 72 hours alone, her colleague Lyle noted, while currently in Japan its estimated help for some people may not arrive for an entire week. The province would have to prioritize its resources, and could be further delayed if landslides are triggered on the island and power is knocked out.
Originally posted by InvisibleAlbatross
reply to post by AllSeeingI
Someone may already have posted this, but after 5 pages of hysteria, I must stop reading and post it myself.
Sorry mods for the long quote; just wanted to ensure people would read the article. Calm down guys, everything will be ok.edit on 14-3-2011 by InvisibleAlbatross because: added link