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Experts have repeatedly said that people outside of the evacuation radius of 12 miles (20 kilometers) are safe.
"If you released all of the radioactivity from one of these fuel rods ... even if some terrorist gets in and it explodes with dynamite and spreads it out, it's not going to spread in the same way as nuclear fallout from a nuclear bomb," said Gerald Laurence, a radiation safety consultant and associate professor at Adelaide University in Australia.
However, he said, contamination can spread through winds.
President Barack Obama, trying to reassure a worried nation, declared Thursday that "harmful levels" of radiation from the Japanese nuclear disaster are not expected to reach the U.S., even as other officials conceded it could take weeks to bring the crippled nuclear complex under control.
First of all, who said anything about a nuclear bomb? How can that analogy possibly be used to assure anyone beyond a 12 mile radius that they're "safe?"
Secondly, you're incorrect in saying the materials used in a nuclear bomb are different than those in some nuclear reactors. Fukushima reactor #3 is fueled by "MOX," the exact same plutonium used in nuclear weapons. Matter of fact, MOX contains reprocessed plutonium from nuclear weapons.