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On November 23, 2010 Sankei Shimbun reported that a WC-135 had been moved to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa Japan in September of 2010, in anticipation of a North Korean nuclear test.
Where have I fear-mongered or even mentioned anything about potassium iodide???
The wind direction will switch to an onshore direction Monday night into Tuesday, threatening to send the radiation toward the population. "We are getting into the time of year where onshore winds occur most often," said Andrews. This is not good news, since an onshore direction would blow most of the radiation toward populated areas. An added threat is that with higher elevations just about 4 miles inland from the power plants, if a temperature inversion sets up in the atmosphere, radiation could be trapped. Authorities have warned residents to keep windows and doors closed and air-conditioning fans switched off to eliminate the intake of air from outside. 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:
SENDAI, Japan -- The detection of the highly radioactive elements cesium-137 and iodine-131 outside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant heralds the beginning of an ecological and human tragedy. The open question is whether it will be limited, serious or catastrophic. . . .
The dangers posed by such a disaster rest on two factors: the amount of radioactive material released and the weather. . . .
Such emissions would not endanger the United States, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Sunday in a statement. Given the thousands of miles between the countries, the United States is “not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity.” In other words, the danger could simply dissipate over the Pacific.
It’s impossible to know how a plume of radioactivity traveling over the ocean might affect sea life, said Edwin Lyman, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, which strongly opposes nuclear power. He said there has been virtually no research done into the subject.
But if luck turns south and the winds do, too, radioactive particles could be spread far across Honshu, Japan’s largest island, and beyond.
. . .
Of the dozens of radioactive elements, or isotopes, spewed from a total meltdown, four present special dangers:
- Iodine-131 accumulates in the thyroid but will radioactively decay relatively quickly, so little is left in the environment after a few months.
- Cesium-137, in contrast, lingers for decades and dissolves in water, meaning it can mix with rain, enter the soil and groundwater and be taken up by plants and animals.
- Strontium-90 poses a deeper health risk. It behaves like calcium in the body, so it can accumulate in bones and teeth.
- Plutonium-241 presents a more insidious threat. It is not very toxic, but as it slowly decays, it produces the much more dangerous isotope americium-241.
Mousseau said concentrations of americium are still increasing in Ukraine and Belarus, where unspent plutonium fuel from Chernobyl dispersed. “It looks like (americium-241) will peak in about 2050 in these areas,” he said.
And so, 25 years after the worst nuclear disaster in history, the ultimate cost remains unknown.
Tokyo - A US aircraft carrier has abandoned its assistance mission to Japan in the aftermath of last week's quake due to concerns over radiation leaks from damaged power plants, Kyodo News reported Monday.
Originally posted by yayeeya
So, 3 nuclear reactors have blown up and there is only minimal radiation? What a joke! Since when has the MSM told the truth about anything of importance? Do you think they really care about you that much? I think not! Now, go back to sleep... Everything will be just fine, trust me.
Originally posted by antoniothomas
reply to post by boondock-saint
yes but they have said that the us is to great of a distance for the low levels thar are actually exposed right now to have any effect on the u.s.
MAKE SURE YOU READ WILL BE DILUTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I talked about potassium iodine. And I would hope that anyone who takes anything would read about the usage and possible dangers. I was addressing what I assumed was a reasonably educated audience. My bad.
Originally posted by sputniksteve
Boondock, I hate to say it but you are the last person in the world I would get my second opinion from.
Originally posted by sputniksteve
The way you argue in early pages its as if you WANT this to reach USA and hurt people just so you have things to post about on ATS.