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Potassium iodide cannot protect against any other causes of radiation poisoning, nor can it provide any degree of protection against dirty bombs that produce radionuclides other than isotopes of iodine. See fission products and the external links for more details concerning radionuclides.
Historical use and analysisFollowing the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster in April, 1986, a saturated solution of potassium iodide (SSKI) was administered to 10.5 million children and 7 million adults in Poland as a prophylactic measure against accumulation of radioactive iodine-131 in the thyroid gland. People in the areas immediately surrounding Chernobyl itself, however, were not given the supplement.
Potassium iodide’s (KI) value as a radiation protective (thyroid blocking) agent was demonstrated at the time of the Chernobyl nuclear accident when Soviet authorities distributed it in a 30 km zone around the plant. The purpose was to protect residents from radioactive iodine, a highly carcinogenic material found in nuclear reactors which had been released by the damaged reactor. Only a limited amount of KI was available, but those who received it were protected. Later, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reported, “thousands of measurements of I-131 (radioactive iodine) activity...suggest that the observed levels were lower than would have been expected had this prophylactic measure not been taken. The use of KI...was credited with permissible iodine content in 97% of the evacuees tested.”[25
Originally posted by phishyblankwaters
reply to post by 1curious1
Actually the site is just gone, I never saw anything trying to sell you anything, they did have links to supported Geiger counters you can buy.
Look again. Then tell them how badly they suck; I did. www.radiationnetwork.com...
Originally posted by boaby_phet
i doubt anyone anywhere other than japan will be effected.
its very easy to get ATS syndrome and get sucked in to the fear mongering, and then to think that you are in danger when in reality, theirs most likely no danger to anyone other than those close to where this incident is happening in china ... and maybe to anyone who happens to live close to china in the pacific.
as far as i believe (i could well be wrong) ... for any bad dust to get to south africa, it would need to go all round the world the long way via jet stream , thats over the pacific, over america, over the atlantic, and maybe over france or that area... thats a long long way and if it was bad enough to get their i think most of the world would be in trouble.
Originally posted by odyseusz
Originally posted by SirMarkth
reply to post by Electronegativity
I don't mean to be selfish here, just worried as my wife is currently 11 weeks pregnant, but would / could Radioactive fallout possible reach us here in South Africa? I Googled the distance between South Africa and Japan and it was +- 13000 Km's as compared to the distance from Japan to Canada which is about 8000 Km's?
If I had to pick a bit of land to say "here is the safest place possible" it would have to be down here is South Africa.
Not only are we separated by the north/south hemisphere weather systems, we are possibly as far as you can be from japan, its very near completely opposite according to my globe.
Also between here and central Africa is the bit of land the further-est from any plate boundaries etc...
You can't get safer don't sweat it
This is why I say, evacuate them to here, all of them.
Particularly since that flied lice plick! Siener Van Rensburg predicted that Japan would be Destroyed by an earth quake and now they say another big one is imminent... and TrueAmerican reckons the triple plate boundary is looking bad
Just start evacuating them to here already!!!
I don't know why you are so happy if you have such nuclear power-plant in your country Probably one of the most unreliable in the world.
Originally posted by Bearzooka
reply to post by Riff2525
There's one from Tokyo, however, it's the only stream I know of.
Edit: for comparison, at 8am PST the counter read ~13cpm....as of 9:47amPST the counter reads 26.4cpm.
My heart goes out to those in Japan right now....tough times ahead...edit on 15-3-2011 by Bearzooka because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Riff2525
Ok...So on fox they had a scientist who was doing radiation levels on the reporters. The lady reporter had a geiger counter on her side that read around 9.....The doctor told her that you have to be concerned if it reaches 30. Now on fox they're saying that radiation levels in Tokyo are 7x normal level.. If my math is correct:
Am I missing something here????