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Fukushima Gets Upgraded to Chernobyl-Level Emergency

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Posted on Apr 12, 2011
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Japanese officials have revised the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant to level 7, making it the second such disaster in history, the only one since the Chernobyl meltdown. It had previously been described as being on the scale of Three Mile Island, a smaller event.

The plant has so far leaked only a fraction of Chernobyl’s radiation, but one terrifying Reuters report suggests the amount could eventually add up to even more than the 1986 meltdown.


“We have upgraded the severity level to seven as the impact of radiation leaks has been widespread from the air, vegetables, tap water and the ocean,” said Minoru Oogoda of Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (Nisa), the government’s nuclear watchdog.

One official from the Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), which operates the nuclear plant, said that radiation leaks had not stopped completely and could eventually exceed those at Chernobyl, Reuters news agency reported.

However, a nuclear safety agency spokesman told reporters the leaks were still small compared to those at the plant in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union.

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By Maani, April 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm Link to this comment


Yes, it seems the Japanese are talking out of both sides of their mouths.  On the one hand, they say they want to continue trying to save the plant, but that it would take a minimum of 10 years to get back to any sense of normalcy.  (And that is assuming no further major earthquakes in 10 years time!)  On the other, they are talking - relatively quietly - about simply entombing the plant, in which case it would still take 10-30 years for the surrounding area (approximately a 25-mile circumference) to return to what they call a “green zone”; i.e., devoid of any significant levels of radiation.

As for orcs and elves, I hear you.  We certainly seem to be overrun with orcs these days.  Think it’s time for that “last alliance” of elves, dwarves and men?  LOL.


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By radson, April 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm Link to this comment

Maani :sorry for the late reply but it has been a rather busy weekend and yes I concur with your latest. It would seem that Tepco may be considering containment by sealing the ‘cores ’ within a time span of six to nine months . Yet I find it intriguing that at the outset of this disaster the US Secretary of State Hillary had stated that the US was ready to ship COOLANT to the stricken plant ;which was later recanted by the Governmental Press. Only now to have the Coolant being stated as a solution to the problem?Nevertheless I got a chuckle from your mention of the Orcs and somehow there seems to be more orcs than Elves .


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By Maani, April 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment


Thank you for your measured response.  If you want to “reset the clock,” I’m happy to do so.  (Though, for the record, YOU were the one who called ME a “troll’ first…LOL)

If neither of us is a troll, that’s a good thing.  (Though one - or both! - of us might be an orc!  LOL)

Nice to make your (re)acquaintance.


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By radson, April 16, 2011 at 6:42 am Link to this comment

Maani:Thx for the compliments ,and at least you stopped using the term Troll ,that’s a positive start . Perhaps the best thing to do is bury this ad hominem exchange along with the reactor .


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By Maani, April 15, 2011 at 11:36 pm Link to this comment


Based on the level of vitriol and vituperation you continue to spew, and your absolute inability to “play nice in the sandbox,” I can only conclude that you are a truly angry person.  I feel very sorry for you.  Your attitude and approach only make YOU look bad.  And you seem not to care.

BTW, Dr. Kaku was just on Bill Maher’s show.  He believes that as a last resort (and maybe sooner than later), the entire plant should be “entombed”: covered with sand, lead, boric acid and concrete, just as Chernobyl was.  Unfortunately, he did not say anything about the actual current radiation risks.


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By radson, April 15, 2011 at 10:42 pm Link to this comment

Oh I almost forgot something ,so here it is


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By radson, April 15, 2011 at 10:23 pm Link to this comment

Maani I forgot something


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By radson, April 15, 2011 at 10:06 pm Link to this comment

If its my sarcasm that gives me away its your stupidity that gives you away.

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By radson, April 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm Link to this comment

You got to be the most Vapid Scientific Priest freak i ever met on the Net.Its a good thing you know how to google ,otherwise you’d be as clued           out as the same ones that you support .Hurry of to Fukushima and
spread the word to the Japanese on how Safe nuclear power actually is and maybe USAID or the IAEA might hire you ,then you could liaise with Pres. Obama and build more JUNK in America .We’ll just have to keep arguing until the sun rises and then Maani the TROLL will turn into stone.

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By Maani, April 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm Link to this comment


It is your sarcasm that gives you away, particularly your inability to interact without it.  I have yet to meet a troll who was not given to being sarcastic, snide, demeaning, insulting, etc. - it is almost an addiction for trolls.

“Hot under the collar?”  I think not.  Indeed, I am barely even being “defensive,” though I believe I would have right to be.  And anyone but a troll would see that.  But you simply cannot help yourself.  It’s okay, I understand.  I’ve seen it before - many, many times over the many, many years I have been posting here.

When you are ready to drop the trolling and act with even a modicum of respect, maturity and humility, I would be more than happy to discuss anything you wish.  Until then, keep those cards and letters coming…LOL


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By radson, April 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm Link to this comment

Oh Maani Oh Maani Maani blues ,oh maani blues .Perhaps you know the tune ;with a slight mod.Nevertheless for a 30 year secular Priest your really getting hot under the collar ,good thing you haven’t mentioned your in laws education along with that of your parents -there might not be sufficient room in the post ‘window’ .Now lets get something straight atheism does not exist not even for the Mungo man so don’t jump the gun .Secondly You were the one that initiated the Troll argument for whatever reason.

“As well, the “language” of trolls - as well as their attitudes and approaches to discussion and debate - are easily assessed.”

Your quote is rather self explanatory in the context of argument ,so thanks for that ,yet I don’t see where you can juxtapose Trolling and me ,having said that I still like to fish .Whether or not you are liked or not liked is open to discussion ,as a matter of fact there is much that you write that I can agree with ,whether you agree with it or not .So I guess you must be some kind of a Scientific Priest .Oh and the ‘nice try’ is meant to affirm what ,perhaps that the core is leaking but still intact ,right.

Oh Maaani oh maani maaani blue oh maani blue


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By Maani, April 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm Link to this comment


At the risk of stating the obvious, I HAVE studied things other than theology during that 30 years.  No, I am not a “nuclear expert,” nor have I claimed to be.  But since you cannot possibly know what I have studied, how deeply, and for how long, your comments are little more than unnecessarily dismissive guesses.

Your own atheism notwithstanding, I do not see the relevance of my faith vis-a-vis my belief in science and the scientific method, or how much I may know about various areas of science.  Indeed, it is mainly those in the non-believing community who feel that there is - or needs to be - an automatic “conflict” between science and faith.  Having been brought up in a secular household by two Ph.D.-level university-professor parents - with a particular focus on the sciences - I do happen to have a strong background in science.  And I have read and studied numerous areas of science during my life, some areas more intensively than others.  I’m not sure why you feel that is something towatd which you need to aim sarcasm and insult.

As for trolling, I will repeat that it is always the trolls who first accuse others of being trolls.  As well, the “language” of trolls - as well as their attitudes and approaches to discussion and debate - are easily assessed.  In this regard, it is you and Litl Bludot who come across as the trolls you are.  Indeed, I have been here at TD long enough to be confident that the vast majority of long-term posters here - including those who may vehemently disagree with me on any number of issues - would nevertheless confirm that I am the furthest thing from a troll that you are likely to find.

Nice try.


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By Blackspeare, April 15, 2011 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

Gee whiz I’m sorry I asked about half-lives.  On
another tack you have to ask how does France do it? 
Over 80% of the electric power in France is derived
from nuclear and they never had an incident.  Actually,
I know the answer.  All their plants have the same
design which not only makes it more economical to
construct, but when a safety upgrade is made it is done
in each of the plants since it is easy.

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By radson, April 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment

LITL Bludot

Maani is apparently a 30 year specialist in the field of THEOLOGY and now is apparently a NUCLEAR EXPERT ,that disagrees with her mother .I enjoy going fishing and trolling is a technique amongst many others to catch fish ,but Maani has taken the definition of TROLLING to new heights LOL LOL LOL what a FARCE.

Oh ! one more thing Maani ,keep praying to the Mungo Man ,he may yet advise how to safely ’ store ’ Nuclear Waste ;which has a life span of HOW MANY YEARS?

“‘Setting aside how humbly, tolerantly and patiently you present yourself (LOL), my “analysis” is the result of over 30 years of intensive study of comparative religion.  Given that you have provided nothing whatsoever in the way of support for your accusation here, I don’t feel that dismissing you is unwarranted.”

Maani in a previous post


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By Maani, April 15, 2011 at 11:24 am Link to this comment

Litl Bludot and Chip:

Clearly, you are both dyed-in-the-wool conspiracy theorists who will not let anything interfere with your belief that everything is a conspiracy.  Your attitude is “I’ve made up my mind, don’t confuse me with the facts.”

Feel free to continue down that road, if that’s what makes you happy.  In the meantime, I can only hope that others who are following this thread will realize that all I am trying to do is to maintain a reasonable, supportable sense of caution - which is certainly warranted - without resorting to fear-mongering, hyperbole, and conspiracy theories.  As for the science I have provided, anyone who wishes to look it up and verify it can do so; it is easily and readily available.

And for those who ARE following this thread, a word about Litl Bludot: it is always the trolls who are first to accuse others of being trolls.


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By Litl Bludot, April 15, 2011 at 5:07 am Link to this comment


You’re welcome. I had promised myself not to get upset even though I knew
what type of person I was responding to.  It’s difficult.

As in your saga regarding the EPA, DOE, and Skeo Solutions, it’s as if those
people who work for these entities have lost their souls and are willing to say or
do anything, regardless of how it may harm thousands, or millions of us, not to
mention their own loved ones.

It is a form of disease that only humans are capable of,,i.e. being able to
consciously bring about the destruction of their own peoples, of their own
families, and be happy doing it, as though it was the most normal and
acceptable behavior. They may even consider themselves religious and patriotic. 
Yet all the while, concocting clever half truths, if not out right lies. Or hiding
truth even though they are aware that people will die as a result.

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By chip, April 15, 2011 at 4:49 am Link to this comment

Thanks again Litl Bludot

I should have gone with my first instincts
With Maani but these spin doctors are well paid
pros at what they do.

Here in Kansas City we got a contaminated nuke bomb factory the EPA is helping DOE sell off. EPA contracted folks called “Skeo Solutions” to spin the public here. They put on quite a show but get pissed when you ask about plutonium.

I used to think EPA was on our side.
Same Goverment, same bull shit.
Although the Inspector General wrote a scathing report about the place.

Our city council sold 800 million in city bonds to build DOE a new bomb plant 6 miles to the south on a soybean field they deemed to be “Blighted”.
The builder of the new bomb plant just happened to own the blighted soybean field.

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By Litl Bludot, April 15, 2011 at 3:50 am Link to this comment

Cs-137 inside the body has the same half life as outside the body.  The body
cannot change the nature of a radioactive isotope from one element to another, much less the half life of a radioactive isotope.  Pure, unadulterated crap. If
that were the case, radioactive isotopes could be degraded by us, mechanically. 
Have you not heard of the storage problems associated with radioactive waste?

Isotopes lodge within the cellular matrix, kill the nearest cells, and over time
cause changes in the DNA of the remaining cells so that cancer developes.  This
happens from 2 to 60 years.  The half life only means that half of the radiation
has dispersed, it is still emitting radiation for many years after that, and
therefore is still lethal.

You are a dispicable, lying, dangerous fraud.  This country is now controlled by
criminals who hire frauds like you. They work for the government, for the
nuclear industry, for corporations. 

I posted my link for the half life, that’s what scientists do. Not you.  You are
posting very dangerous lies which minimize the properties of a radioactive isotope, with is lethal to humans.  What does that make you?

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By Maani, April 15, 2011 at 12:40 am Link to this comment

Litl Bludot:

As an aside, you were the one who claimed to be a scientist.  Yet you need WIKI to tell you the half-life of cesium?

Very suspicious…

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By Maani, April 15, 2011 at 12:39 am Link to this comment

Litl Bludot:

We are both correct, and I admit my error in confusing two things:

“Caesium-137 reacts with water producing a water-soluble compound (caesium hydroxide), and the biological behavior of caesium is similar to that of potassium and rubidium. After entering the body, caesium gets more or less uniformly distributed throughout the body, with higher concentration in muscle tissues and lower in bones. The biological half-life of caesium is rather short at about 70 days.”

So you are correct that the half-life of cesium-137 per se is 30 years.  I am correct (admittedly accidentally so) that, once ingested (i.e., put into soluble form), its half-life is 70 days.

I wonder whether YOU would have be so honest as to admit a mistake - none of which you have done so far, choosing only to snidely and sarcastically attack.  When you actually have something constructive to add, let us know.


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By Litl Bludot, April 14, 2011 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment

Two sockpuppets at work, Maani and Blackspeare

Maani said “Cesium-137 (half-life, 70 days)” 

Here’s the wiki on Cs-137 : Caesium-137 (137
55Cs, Cs-137) is a radioactive isotope of caesium which is formed as a fission
product by nuclear fission.
It has a half-life of about 30.17 years,


The false info. from Maani is because I posted the dispersion chart of the Cs-
137 cloud coming from Japan to the US and North America.  His or her masters
are trying to negate the info.

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By Maani, April 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm Link to this comment


Wow!  Taking me back to my days in Dr. Kaku’s physics classes!  How fun!

A half-life is the amount of time it takes for one-half of a given isotope to decay.

The four main isotopes released by Fukushima would be Strontium-90 (half-life, 29 years), Iodine-131 (half-life, 59 days), Cesium-137 (half-life, 70 days), and, in the mox fuel in two of the reactors (and some of the rods in the cooling pools), Uranium-235 (which becomes Plutonium-239), with a half-life of 700 million years.  (Thank god it’s not Uranium-238, with a half-life of 4.4 BILLION years…LOL.)

So, as I suspect you are suggesting here, given the short half-lives of the iodine and cesium isotopes, they pose far less danger than the other two.  The main reason there is cause for concern about the iodine is because of how easily it enters the food and milk chain.  Same with the strontium, particularly given its longer half-life.

Re cesium, its half-life may be short, but its dangers if absorbed into the human body go well beyond those of iodine and strontium.  I don’t think I even need to suggest how dangerous uranium and plutonium are - though, as noted earlier, they are far more dangerous through direct exposure than aerobically (though you would not want them in your system in any case).


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By Blackspeare, April 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm Link to this comment

I just love all the hype on radiation when in actuality there is absolutely no impact to the west coast.  Most people have no clue as to what half-life means.  As a matter of fact it is rarely mentioned in any news item.  Perhaps Maani, since you are a graduate(?) of CCNY, you could elucidate on the half-lives of the more important of the radioactive isotopes from Fukushima.  By the way I also attended Lehman College back in the days when it was called Hunter College.

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By Maani, April 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment

Litl Bludot:

With due respect, I knew Dr. Caldicott (and Dr. Michio Kaku, who was my professor at City College), and marched with both of them numerous times in anti-nuclear protests.  As well, my mother - whose classes I attended when she was a tenured professor at Lehman College - is a pre-eminent structural geologist who was a nuclear site specialist for the NRC in the late 70s and 80s, then in the same capacity for DOE in the 80s, and then the coordinator of the NAS’ Board on Radioactive Waste Management (including the Yucca Mountain repository project).  So your suggestions that (i) I am a shill of ANY type (my mother and I have NEVER agreed on nuclear power), and (ii) that I do not know my science are both incorrect.

Again, at no time have I suggested that it is “safe,” or that there may not be a cover-up.  Certainly, the Japanese have been less than forthcoming from Day 1 - which was completely predictable, given the cultural bent on “saving face.”  But that does not change the fact that the climatology and meteorology involved in the dispersion and dissipation rates and behavior of a radioactive plume is always correct.


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By Litl Bludot, April 14, 2011 at 1:43 am Link to this comment

Maani, I am a scientist.

I think you’re a sock puppet for the government and nuclear industry. That
being the case, it’s a waste of time reading your posts, much less arguing with

For others, the links I gave will lead you to other links, that have European
monitoring for nuclear isotopes.

My advice about knowing the difference between external and internal radiation
exposure is crucial in understanding the danger the populace is in.  Google Dr.
Helen Caldicott, Chris Busby, European Union nuke expert, read Mike Whitney’s
latest article on CounterPunch.

There’s a coverup going on.  If you still want to believe all is safe, so be it. I’ve
done my bit.  You have the info. now.

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By Maani, April 14, 2011 at 12:36 am Link to this comment

Litl Bludot:

At the risk of having Chip accuse me of saying radiation is “good” agan (LOL), I would note a few things about EURAD, tracking models, and likely dispersion scenarios.

EURAD is among the most unreliable weather tracking systems in the world.  They have far fewer detectors than any of the major tracking services.  And their models are famously “narrow.”

In this case, it is quite obvious to anyone with even a modicum of knowledge about weather patterns that their model for the C-137 dispersion does not take into account anything except the jetstream; it is as if there is no other direction in which the plume can flow.  This is scientifically incorrect.  Certainly the jetstream is a major factor in carrying the plume.  However, the jetstream is actually more northerly than is being shown on their model.

Yet there are other factors that determine both the direction of dispersion and the rate - as well something the model does not account for at all: the dissipation factors.  Yet this is as critical in determining the potential harm as the dispersion factors.

Finally, you say, “think about this: the dispersion goes from the northeast coast of Japan, east towards us, i.e. it goes away from Japan, as the link below will show.  So, if Japan has high radiation levels even though the wind is blowing it away from Japan, then what do you think our levels are going to be in the months to come, let alone now.”

Based on the above, this is ass-backwards.  The highest rates will always be where the radioactive elements are actually situated.  And based on the dissipation rate, the radiation levels will always go down - often dramatically - during the 5,000 mile journey of the plume.  Indeed, by the time the plume reaches halfway across the Pacific, it will be dissipating in all directions, thus leaving only a fraction of the original plume remaining by the time it gets to the west coast.

And I have not even touched on the fact that some of the radiation will “fall” to the surface (i.e., the ocean) and be absorbed in the 187 quintillion gallons of water in the Pacific.

Yes, radiation will continue to travel from Japan to the U.S., and it will certainly accumulate, however small the rate of cumulation may be.  But, again, it is important to keep the actual science in mind rather than hyping uncertain scenarios.


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By chip, April 13, 2011 at 10:35 pm Link to this comment

Thank You, Litl bludot and Maani

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By Litl Bludot, April 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm Link to this comment

Here’s the dispersion model from Eurad, based on nuclear monitoring sites set
up to detect covert nuclear testing.  This is for surface Cs-137. After you click
on the link, wait for it to download from 3/15/11, when Fukushima started
emitting radioactive isotopes, to now 4/13/11. You will see the date
chronology advance at the upper right of the model, watch it and wait until it
goes from 3/15 to 4/13.

  View it as though you’re above earth’s northern hemisphere.  Look for the land
mass between Vancouver and LosAngeles.That’s the US west coast.  Today,
4/13 is particularly bad, as the Cs-137 is in the middle range.  Now, I know
that you do not want to believe this, that it’s inconceivable that your
government would not tell you if there was Cs-137 in air, water, on the
ground, in your milk products and food at these levels.  You may want to
educate yourself as to the difference between external exposure (risk
calculation used by your government) and internal exposure (risk assessment
made by honest physicians and nature herself).

One other note, when you read about levels in Japan, think about this: the
dispersion goes from the northeast coast of Japan, east towards us, i.e. it goes
away from Japan, as the link below will show.  So, if Japan has high radiation
levels even though the wind is blowing it away from Japan, then what do you
think our levels are going to be in the months to come, let alone now.

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By Maani, April 13, 2011 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment


“Does anyone know what the radioactive crap flying around in the air consists of?  Is it plutonium, cesium, strontium?  Or just the harmless kind “Maani” says is good for us?”

Setting aside your unnecessary sarcasm, I never suggested that any radiation was “good for us.”  I merely suggested that there was a great deal of hype going on based on misinformation.  That remains true.

Having said that, the elements released by the plant include all of those one would associate with nuclear power: iodine, strontium, cesium and, in this case, plutonium, since at least one of the reactors used “mox” fuel (a mixture of standard nuke fuel and plutonium) and there was mox fuel in some of the rods in the cooling pools (which were not in containment areas and were on fire for some time).  There are apparently also radioactive isotopes of nitrogen and argon (which, while not “good” (LOL) are not harmful.)

Again, although the iodine and strontium are obviously not “good,” the greatest danger comes from the cesium (with the plutonium second, though it is somewhat less dangerous in drifting radiation than if the actual stuff came in contact with your skin or lungs).


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By PatrickHenry, April 13, 2011 at 6:05 am Link to this comment

When I think of the trillions spent in the name of ‘national security’ and then we are caught unprepared for when one of these world threatening events occurs, it makes me want to puke.

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By chip, April 12, 2011 at 11:18 pm Link to this comment

Does anyone know what the radioactive crap flying around in the air consists of?

Is it plutonium, cesium, strontium?

Or just the harmless kind “Maani” says is good for us?

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By rollzone, April 12, 2011 at 10:52 pm Link to this comment

hello. there is no joy from visiting this rag. Japan
has my condolences, but my God, why all the secrecy
from day 2? if they needed portable power, containment
solutions, whatever: we were there. Tokyo is only 100
miles from the latest evacuation zone. on a clear day,
millions of people will be affected; from air, water,
and food contamination. the country is not lost, but
they gambled and lost. gambling is for money: not
lives. i have great sorrow they may repeat nuclear holocaust, and pray we will finally learn the cost of
monetary compromise. we await the phoenix of Godzilla.

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By Web Identity, April 12, 2011 at 10:12 pm Link to this comment
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I’m still not certain what the entire hubbub is about.
It seems the media is making a mountain out of a mole
hill. The experts on Nuclear Plants have repeatedly
assured us for decades that there is no danger of a
leak or meltdown. They have explained that it is built
in redundancies which prevent any danger. I believe the
phrase that captured their expertise was “We have
conquered the technology of nuclear plants.” We need
not worry as long as we put our lives in the hands of
such highly trained specialists.

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By Maani, April 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm Link to this comment

I want to second, and add to, Gmonst’s post.

Iodine pills are NOT a panacea.  And they are NOT a prophylactic; i.e., they do not PREVENT potential thyroid problems.  They are meant to be taken within a VERY small window of time after certain SPECIFIC levels of radiation are detected in some FOODS and MILK.  As well, they are meant PRIMARILY for YOUNG children, whose thyroids are still growing, and who drink milk - since MILK is the primary way that raioactive iodine and strontium are absorbed into the bloodstream (i.e., it does not absorb anywhere NEAR as well aerobically).

As well, the pills ONLY protect against radioactive Iodine and Strontium; they do NOT protect against other elements, liike Cesium, Plutonium, etc.

Finally, studies have been done that show the human body is more resilient toward radiation than once thought.  For example, they have found that even when drinking irradiated milk, the human body (even in children) will naturally “seek out” the calcium first, and even help “reject” the radioactive elements (though, of course, SOME fraction of them remain in the bloodstream).

There is an ENORMOUS amount of misinformation out there.  Please make sure that the sources from which you get your information are scientifically and medically reliable.


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By Gmonst, April 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm Link to this comment

Taking Potassium iodine pills would pose a far greater risk to health than the radiation coming from Japan.  Don’t give children potassium iodine with their vitamins.  It is only used as protection from very high levels.  There are daily monitoring that you can look at, and while there are traces of radioactive material from Japan including iodine 131, those levels are far lower than what would be needed to justify taking iodine pills. 

This link is the monitoring of levels in Oregon

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By prasad, April 12, 2011 at 9:14 am Link to this comment
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Every Country in this world should search for alternate to produce power

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By GrannyBgood, April 12, 2011 at 8:17 am Link to this comment

What I want to know is why there isn’t an informed report, complete with weather maps and radiation drift patterns on the “News” every night!?
Why doesn’t every State, county and town have geiger-counter readings to add to the weather report!?

In California, once they started getting radiation readings that indicated a problem, they STOPPED taking readings and told people NOT even to give Potassium Iodide pills to CHILDREN!!

Because they don’t want a “Panic” where people won’t BUY THEIR STUFF ANYMORE!!
What a friggin’ buggered-up IDIOCRACY we are living in when that is more important than peoples’ health and safety!
AND, they are planning to build MORE NUKES!!!

We are on our own, folks.
Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security..get your own geiger counter…keep the kids in on rainy, high-Rad days, and don’t drink the milk…use older stocks of powdered milk for the kiddies, and add PI pills to their vitamins.
Buy your stocks of canned tuna now, before the radiated ones show up on the shelves. buy rice to store in tins, etc.

Plan a shelter…all signs point Underground.

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By TDoff, April 12, 2011 at 6:37 am Link to this comment

Don’t sell those FUKU-TEPCO people short. The Japanese are a very dedicated and industrious people. At the rate they’re going, it won’t be long before they’ll be able to rate their disaster WAY beyond ‘Level 7’, and Chernobyl.

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By TDoff, April 12, 2011 at 6:27 am Link to this comment

Look on the bright side. Pretty soon we’ll all be realizing savings on our power bills. We’ll be able to disconnect the lights in our refrigerators, since all the food we get from California will glow in the dark.

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By lifebook, April 12, 2011 at 3:52 am Link to this comment
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That’s a tragedy. Everyone remembers what had happened
in Ukraine in 1986. I’d like to give my condolences to
Japanese people.

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