posted on Apr, 1 2011 @ 03:24 PM
Originally posted by RoyalBlue
reply to post by mileslong54
But there is a difference between radiation, and radioactive contamination, right?
Radiation is energy that comes from a source and travels through some material or through space. Light, heat and sound are types of radiation. The
kind of radiation discussed in this presentation is called ionizing radiation because it can produce charged particles (ions) in matter.
Ionizing radiation is produced by unstable atoms. Unstable atoms differ from stable atoms because they have an excess of energy or mass or both.
Unstable atoms are said to be radioactive. In order to reach stability, these atoms give off, or emit, the excess energy or mass. These emissions are
called radiation. The kinds of radiation are electromagnetic (like light) and particulate (i.e., mass given off with the energy of motion). Gamma
radiation and X-rays are examples of electromagnetic radiation. Beta and alpha radiation are examples of particulate radiation. Ionizing radiation can
also be produced by devices such as X-ray machines.
Contamination occurs when material that contains radioactive atoms is deposited on skin, clothing, or any place where is it not desired. If is
important to remember that radiation does not spread or get "on" or "in" people; rather it is radioactive contamination that can spread. A person
contaminated with radioactive materials will be irradiated until the source of radiation (the radioactive material) is removed.
A person is externally contaminated if radioactive material is on skin or clothing.
A person is internally contaminated if radioactive material is breathed in, swallowed, or absorbed through wounds.
The environment is contaminated if radioactive material is spread about or uncontained.
In simple terms unless you are within a 100 to 150 miles radius from where the contaminated site was your going to be fine. They have been firing off
nukes since before we were kids ie..Hiroshima + 1000 or so more...and they use DU (depleted Uranium) weapons now so...what can you really do, cancer
rates will go up but they have been ever since I was alive, so yea it sucks but there is no immediate cause for panic.