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The radiation will cover the entire globe with the possible exception of possibly places like the north and south poles. In fact this has happened every time we've had an atmospheric test of nuclear bombs over the last 60 or so years. The atmosphere spread the radiation over pretty much the entire planet eventually but at such a low dose as to not be much above background radiation. However the only people likely to be harmed are those in the proximity of the event, say within roughly 30 km.
Originally posted by Jazzscapez
Worst case scenario...Could the jet stream bring it to the east coast if it was bad enough?
Should i buy potassium iodide just as a precaution?
The inhalation dose (internal dose) for the public (during the time between the accident occurring and their evacuation from the area) in what is now the 30 km evacuation zone around the plant has been estimated (based ground deposition of caesium-137) to be between 3 and 150 mSv [between a 1 in 6666.67 and a 1 in 133.33 chance of a fatal cancer