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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Still think it's not our problem?
Posted by Jill | 8:36 AM
Hey, folks: The image that I posted here a few days ago, purporting to be from the Australian Radiation Services, appears to be a hoax and so I've removed it. The ARS says it did not produce such a map, and I regret jumping to the gun on this.

However, the BEST scenario right now is a series of controlled releases of radioactive steam over the next weeks or months. The article linked to also notes that radioactive particles have been detected up to sixty miles away from the damaged reactor SO FAR.

As for whether radioactive contamination could reach the US, consider things like global travel and global trade. Consider also that California's two nuclear plants are built near the San Andreas Fault, that there is a 88% chance of a magnitude 6.7 earthquake occurring in California in the next thirty years with a 46% chance of 7.5 or greater -- the maximum intensity that the state's nuclear plants are built to handle.

In all the talk about energy, most of the conversation still revolves around oil, coal, and wind -- three things that can only be harnessed by major corporations and sold. The sun and wind and geothermal energy are there for everyone who can spring for the five figures for the equipment, which makes them unlikely to receive much Federal funding. After all, if it doesn't benefit campaign contributors, our government isn't going to do a thing with it.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Nothing says "one world" like nuclear danger, right?

Blogger jurassicpork said...
I'm writing a novel that centers around Chernobyl. In my research, I learned that the fallout from Chernobyl's meltdown at Reactor 4 eventually encircled about half the globe. In fact, the cat was out of the bag when Swedish nuclear reactor workers were found to have radiation on the soles of their shoes. Eventually, elevated radiation levels actually hit Japan.

This could be 10 times worse. Don't ask me what they were thinking when they decided over 40 years ago to build nuclear reactors near the earthquake-prone Pacific Rim.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Source? Hoax? I'm not accusing: I'm asking. I can't find anything to support the claims more or less made in this graphic... but I can find several different and somewhat contradictory graphics doing a google search.

So what's up? What do you know that the rest of the world - as of yet- doesn't seem to know?

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Jill this is incomplete. Is the plume at 700 RADs supposed to be per person, e.g. the entire west coast of N.America is dead, or is it supposed to be 700 RADs distributed over a geographic area of millions of square miles? It's a provocative graphic but doesn't really tell us anything other than the jet stream is not our friend.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I too am wondering about the source of this graphic. Could you please tell us where you found it? Thanks!


Blogger John Myste said...
O Crap!

Anonymous Anonymous said...
source please!