posted on Mar, 16 2011 @ 09:17 PM
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 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.
And there's no reason to buy potassium iodide to protect yourself against a reactor in Japan.
However if you have a reactor near you, then it may not be a bad idea to have some on hand like the Japanese are being given potassium iodide pills.
That way if your local reactor or one reasonably nearby ever melts down, you'll have some, that's the only reason you'd need it. Even then, I wouldn't
take it unless officials recommended it, since it has side effects and you don't want to take it if you don't need it. If you are roughly within a
30km radius around a nuclear plant, having some on hand is probably a good idea, however this is an oversimplification since being downwind could be
much worse than being upwind.
The Chernobyl disaster effects
have been studied in detail, read more about it at
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
edit on 16-3-2011 by Arbitrageur because: fix typo