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« : March 13, 2011, 08:38:35 PM »

You would think this would be the number one topic of news, which could be more A LOT more severe than the quake/tsunami itself.
                           
                 U.S. West Coast in Path of Fallout                                           

  “If There Were a Reactor Meltdown or Major Leak at Fukushima, the Radioactive Cloud Would Likely be Blown Out … Towards the US West Coast”

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March 13, 2011

Map of U.S. Jet StreamAgence-France Presse notes:
California is closely monitoring efforts to contain leaks from a  quake-damaged Japanese nuclear plant, a spokesman said Saturday, as experts said  radiation could be blown out across the Pacific.

“At present there is no danger to California. However we are monitoring the  situation closely in conjunction with our federal partners,” Michael Sicilia,  spokesman for California Department of Public Health, told AFP.  “California does have radioactivity monitoring systems in place for air,  water and the food supply and can enhance that monitoring if a danger exists,”  he added.  Experts have suggested that, if there were a reactor meltdown or major leak  at Fukushima, the radioactive cloud would likely be blown out east across the  Pacific, towards the US West Coast. 

“The wind direction for the time being seems to point the (nuclear) pollution  towards the Pacific,” said Andre-Claude Lacoste of the French Nuclear Safety  Authority, briefing journalists in Paris on the Japanese crisis.  Earlier the NRC said it was “examining all available information as part of  the effort to analyze the event and understand its implications both for Japan  and the United States.”
The winds could shift at any time, blowing radiation into Tokyo or other  parts of Japan.
However, even if the prevailing winds remain off-shore – towards California  and Washington – those American states are still a long way away. As AFP notes:
While US nuclear experts acknowledged the seriousness of Japan’s reactor  crisis, some stressed that taking steps in the United States such as  distributing iodine tablets — which prevent iodine 131 from being absorbed into  the body — would be “vastly premature.”
“It’s a big ocean. These (radiation) releases are essentially going to be at  ground level,” said Ken Bergeron, a physicist who has worked on nuclear reactor  accident simulation.
“We should not confuse it with health issues in the United States.”
Japan is roughly 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) from the US West  Coast.




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« #1 : March 13, 2011, 08:46:23 PM »


The end times are upon us.

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« #2 : March 13, 2011, 09:09:12 PM »

Quoting Jack Nicholson, Sarcasm is angry's little cousin. I hope you've got your gas mask, geiger counter and potassium iodine ready.

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« #3 : March 13, 2011, 09:20:46 PM »

I think it's time to move to Australia.


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« #4 : March 13, 2011, 09:26:55 PM »

It's only a matter of time now...




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« #5 : March 13, 2011, 09:30:27 PM »

Wouldn't that be awesome if the radiation somehow did cause a Godzilla type creature to attack Toyko just like in the old 60's movies?    If that happened, the guy who created Godzilla originally would go down as the second coming of Nostradamas.


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« #6 : March 13, 2011, 09:43:19 PM »

Iodine 131 has a half life of 8.02 days and primarily decays through beta emissions. Unless you're eating food that has been directly downwind within a few miles of the reactor, you're vastly over-reacting here.

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« #7 : March 13, 2011, 10:41:00 PM »

Iodine 131 has a half life of 8.02 days and primarily decays through beta emissions. Unless you're eating food that has been directly downwind within a few miles of the reactor, you're vastly over-reacting here.

Either I'm overreacting or you're just naive. Since the reactor blew yesterday, that gives it plenty of time to reach the West Coast and still do some damage, when you factor in the jet stream speed.

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« #8 : March 14, 2011, 02:11:57 AM »

I read something today saying it would be 10 days to reach the US west coast.   Not like the tsunami which traveled at 500mph and made it across the pacific in a matter of hours.  So bottom line, it would probably be dissipated by then to the point of not being dangerous.   Who knows.   Where was the backup plan to cool the reactor in case of natural disaster?  Guess that failed too?   Japan has 44 of the 442 Nuke power plants in the world.  I know it was a massive quake but I would of hoped they had a better backup plan.



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« #9 : March 14, 2011, 03:38:25 AM »


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« #10 : March 14, 2011, 01:46:21 PM »

Let's see what happens. On Friday they were predicting the tsunami would be a major catastrophe on the California coast line. Turned out to be a good surf day. Excuse my cynacism right now, specially the press/media are currently getting into a panic about if our Nuclear Power plants are about to spontaneously combust.

It sells papers and attracts viewers!

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« #11 : March 15, 2011, 02:56:14 AM »

Yet another explosion at the nuclear plant.
Fuel rods were fully exposed for at least 2.5 hours.
There is now a fire outside one of the reactors.
Radiation levels are rising again and now significant enough to become harmful to humans.

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« #12 : March 15, 2011, 05:44:25 AM »


Okay, now THAT is bad. Really, really, bad.

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« #13 : March 15, 2011, 07:12:49 AM »

Yea it is - a follow up catastrophe if you will

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« #14 : March 15, 2011, 08:37:15 AM »

IAEA has now upgraded this crisis to a 6....that is 6 on a scale of 0 to 7. That makes this worse than the Three Mile Island incident.
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