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    Japan Faces Potential Nuclear Disaster as Radiation Levels Rise

    TOKYO — Japan’s nuclear crisis verged toward catastrophe on Tuesday after an explosion damaged the vessel containing the nuclear core at one reactor and a fire at another spewed large amounts of radioactive material into the air, according to the statements of Japanese government and industry officials. In a brief address to the nation at 11 a.m. Tokyo time, Prime Minister Naoto Kan pleaded for calm, but warned that radiation had already spread from the crippled reactors and there was “a very high risk” of further leakage. Fortunately, the prevailing winds were sweeping most of the plume of radioactivity out into the Pacific Ocean, rather than over populated areas.
    The actual steel container holding the core has been destroyed. This just went from "godawful" to "total crap on toast."

    If there is heavy melting inside the reactor, large amounts of radiation will most definitely be released.”
    Time to get potassium iodide, since this stuff is getting into the air and we're all in it now.
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    Re: Japan Faces Potential Nuclear Disaster as Radiation Levels Rise

    This is tragic for Japan as they already wrote off all of these plants.

    However I have heard plenty of experts say there is little to no chance that we are in jeopardy from a total melt down.

    I live in California and I see nothing to get worried about here, other than the huge Subduction Plate threat runs from Washington, to Northern California and is said to be over due to break, and when it does it will be just about as big as what just happened in Japan.

    That and I live about two miles from the San Jacinto Fault.
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    Re: Japan Faces Potential Nuclear Disaster as Radiation Levels Rise

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    … Time to get potassium iodide, since this stuff is getting into the air and we're all in it now.
    My understanding is that radioactive Iodine can easily be avoided by not drinking milk from cows which have eaten contaminated grass. Cesium is another matter.
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    Re: Japan Faces Potential Nuclear Disaster as Radiation Levels Rise

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    My understanding is that radioactive Iodine can easily be avoided by not drinking milk from cows which have eaten contaminated grass. Cesium is another matter.
    Yes, cesium is really nasty, but radioactive iodine can be carried plenty of other ways.
    How do people come in contact with iodine-129 and iodine-131?

    Radioactive iodine can be inhaled as a gas or ingested in food or water. It dissolves in water so it moves easily from the atmosphere into humans and other living organisms. People are exposed to I-129 from the past testing of nuclear weapons, and I-131 from nuclear power plant emissions. Some industrial facilities also emit radioactive iodine to the environment, as well as medical institutions. Radioactive iodine is usually emitted as a gas, but may contaminate liquids or solid materials as well. If a family member has been treated with I-131, you may have increased exposure to it through their body fluids.
    Iodine | Radiation Protection | US EPA

    And if it gets up into the upper atmosphere, we're going to be exposed to it. Since the release of radiation from the plant has for all intents and purposes become uncontrolled, it's smart to assume we will be.

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    Re: Japan Faces Potential Nuclear Disaster as Radiation Levels Rise

    Here is the jetstream forecast and wind trajectories.

    http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/new...nt-and-the.asp


    Unless the quake damaged nuclear plants deteriorate into full meltdown, any radiation that reaches the United States would be too weak to do any harm most likely.
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    Re: Japan Faces Potential Nuclear Disaster as Radiation Levels Rise

    Open Channel - General Electric-designed reactors in Fukushima have 23 sisters in U.S.

    Here is a very informative article on these reactors used in Japan.
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    Re: Japan Faces Potential Nuclear Disaster as Radiation Levels Rise

    Meanwhile, Obama is in South America playing golf and giving radio addresses about gender inequality.

    Embarassing.

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    Re: Japan Faces Potential Nuclear Disaster as Radiation Levels Rise

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Meanwhile, Obama is in South America playing golf and giving radio addresses about gender inequality.

    Embarassing.
    he is?

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    Re: Japan Faces Potential Nuclear Disaster as Radiation Levels Rise

    Official: Japan's nuclear situation nearing severity of Chernobyl - CNN.com

    (CNN) -- The explosion Tuesday at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has elevated the situation there to a "serious accident" on a level just below Chernobyl, a French nuclear official said, referring to an international scale that rates the severity of such incidents.

    The International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale -- or INES -- goes from Level 1, which indicates very little danger to the general population, to Level 7, a "major accident" in which there's been a large release of radioactive material and there will be widespread health and environmental effects.

    "It's clear we are at Level 6, that's to say we're at a level in between what happened at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl," Andre-Claude Lacoste, president of France's nuclear safety authority, told reporters Tuesday.

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    Re: Japan Faces Potential Nuclear Disaster as Radiation Levels Rise

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Meanwhile, Obama is in South America playing golf and giving radio addresses about gender inequality.

    Embarassing.
    First off, no he isn't. Second, all the experts on the subject are already at work on this. Two carrier battle groups are on station assisting. What do you want, Obama to grab a shovel?

    Some people are just so outrageously partisan that they'll use any event ever to attack the opposition.

    Anyway, addressing the OP's sky is falling message:

    Nobody outside the site itself is being exposed to radiation above a typical day outside. I wouldn't be worried about jet streams just yet.
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