Originally posted by Foddy
reply to post by Kailassa
More bizarre nonsense mixed with out-and-out lies! I really wonder where you get your information from - I guess maybe from other bloggers who, like
you, seem to want to paint the situation in the worst possible light?
The rainy season in the Kanto area (which includes Tokyo) does not start 'soon'. It lasts very roughly from about mid June to mid July; it starts
earlier in Okinawa (over 1,500 km to the south) and moves slowly northwards (but doesn't affect Hokkaido in the extreme north). During the rainy
season (and summer) the wind does NOT blow southwards. In fact it's almost the direct opposite, being mainly from the south or south-east. You can
check this website here:
from which I quote:
"The climate from June to September is marked by hot, wet weather brought by tropical airflows from the Pacific Ocean and Southeast Asia. These
airflows are full of moisture and deposit substantial amounts of rain when they reach land. There is a marked rainy season, beginning in early June
and continuing for about a month. It is followed by hot, sticky weather.
The wet season brings tropical cyclones. In that area the cyclones swing the winds around, and will bring fallout from Fukushima down over Tokyo.
Average starting and ending dates of the rainy season: Kanto region(incl. Tokyo) June 8, July 20
You might not call that soon, but I do.
Next, plutonium, even in aerolised form is heavy, and does not travel far on the wind at all.
I guess you don't actually read posts in a thread, or you wouldn't be spouting that oft-repeated fallacy.
When particles are small enough, the weight of the substance is no longer relevant to its suspension in the atmosphere.
There is still plutonium in the atmosphere from bomb tests. These tiny particles continually settle and then get drawn up into the atmosphere again.
Sub-micron particles exhibit gas-like behaviour
Plutonium in rain:
World-wide atmospheric dispersal of plutonium:
Geochemical Journal, Vol.21, pp. 51 to 57,
1987Oxidation States of Fallout
Plutonium in Mediterranean Rain and Seawater
The measurements of the oxidation states of fallout plutonium in rainwater collected at Monaco indicate that plutonium exists predominantly in the
higher oxidation states [Pu(V) and Pu(VI)]. The results obtained show that the percentage of the higher valency fraction of plutonium ranges from 38%
to 89% of the total soluble plutonium in rain. The percentage tends to be lower when the storage time before the chemical treatment becomes longer. A
thermodynamical computation supports these findings.
The occurrence of plutonium in the higher oxidation states in rain is considered to be one of the major causes of the characteristic geochemical
stability of fallout plutonium observed in the Mediterranean Sea.
Deposition and accumulation of plutonium isotopes in Antarctica
DATA on the deposition of plutonium isotopes are presented here from the atmosphere at Dome C (123°10'E, 74°39'S; 3,214m elevation) on the high
Antarctic plateau. Plutonium isotopes are among the anthropogenic chemicals that have become global contaminants and it is, therefore, important to
gain a historical perspective to their worldwide dispersion. The analysis of successive layers of permanent snow fields permits the determination of
both present and historical fluxes of anthropogenic chemicals and other contaminants that are dispersed through the atmosphere.
Finally, maybe you (since no-one else has so far) can explain to me why virtually all the foreign embassies which left Tokyo temporarily
(most, such as the US and UK didn't move) have moved back to Tokyo and why they have relaxed their travel recommendations. I'm still waiting to hear
what information you guys have which all these foreign government clearly don't. Maybe it's because you've discovered that the wind is going to
blow in the opposite direction this year?
I guess you believe governments always act in the best interests of all their citizens.
It's a case of "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours." If the American government believes the agreements they're making with Japan are to
America's advantage, they'll gladly subject some of their citizens to an increased risk of cancer to achieve them.
And, finally, since you seem to regard being in Tokyo as a death sentence, what are you doing about it? I presume you will be writing letters
to all the major newspapers in Japan? If you do, here's a tip for you: check your facts before you do (when the rainy season starts and which way the
winds blow). Otherwise you risk looking very stupid indeed!
Not everyone in Tokyo will die, but living there will increase a person's chance of dying of cancer or heart failure, (a known effect of radiation,)
and increase the chances of people, particularly children, getting thyroid cancer and abnormalities.
The way to look stupid here is to try and persuade people there is no risk involved in returning to Tokyo.
Radioactive contamination builds up, and those four busted reactors will be spewing poisons for many years, if you believe scientists, or at least 6 -
9 months if you are naive enough to believe the Japanese government.
In a couple of months water from the now radioactive ocean will be picking up the radioactive contaminants now spewing into the atmosphere and pouring
them down all over Japan.
Enjoy drinking radioactive water and eating radioactive produce grown in radioactive soils. Perhaps you'd like some radioactive milk to feed to your