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wait what????

I have no education in this subject but it seems crazy that the radiation could blow to the west coast of America.

Dont get me wrong, I care about the people in Japan and hope for the best for them, but I'd like to know if what you said is remotely possible.
Yes it is possible, but improbable right now. Some particles that are being released could make it to the west coast under the right weather conditions, but for large amounts to make it there it would require large scale release of radioactive materials into the upper atmosphere. Currently the reactor crisis is for the most part a local problem, not a global one.
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Yes it is possible, but improbable right now. Some particles that are being released could make it to the west coast under the right weather conditions, but for large amounts to make it there it would require large scale release of radioactive materials into the upper atmosphere. Currently the reactor crisis is for the most part a local problem, not a global one.
Even with large releases a la Chernobyl, it is VERY any considerable amount would make it to the US48 to be any kind of health concern.
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I'm surprised by how many people are worrying about radioactive material release in North America... Such a scenario (that this incident will even have a significant effect here) is not going to happen.
Edited by gdansk - 3/14/11 at 9:36pm
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Even with large releases a la Chernobyl, it is VERY any considerable amount would make it to the US48 to be any kind of health concern.
Like I said, it would require a large scale release into the upper atmosphere for it to happen.
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Like I said, it would require a large scale release into the upper atmosphere for it to happen.
Simply having an open-air reactor core wouldn't do it. Most of the particulates would fallout over the Pacific and never reach the US48. For any kind of meaningful health risk to occur in the US due to this is so astronomically low that it isn't worth losing sleep over.

That being said, life on earth has been obliterated by astronomically-low probability events like life-ending asteroid strikes. So sleep tight y'all.
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Part of the fear of radiation is that it's something you can't see that can kill you instantly or not hurt you at all. Radiation is not like a wave that you can see. You can't see it coming, so it just makes people even more frightened because you can't see it. And without a Geiger counter you can't prove it's not there.

amirite. Fear of something that can't be seen.
Edited by aweir - 3/14/11 at 9:42pm
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Simply having an open-air reactor core wouldn't do it. Most of the particulates would fallout over the Pacific and never reach the US48. For any kind of meaningful health risk to occur in the US due to this is so astronomically low that it isn't worth losing sleep over.
Just as I've said to people since this has started. You'd need a Chernobyl like sequence of events for this to occur which quite simply isn't going to happen.
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Part of the fear is that something you can't see that can kill you instantly. Radiation is not like a wave that you can see, so it just makes people even more frightened because you can't see it. And without a Geiger counter you can't prove it's not there.

amirite. Fear of something that can't be seen.
Fear of something that not only cannot be seen...but most of the population does not understand any of the common terms used in discussing radiation to any level beyond a high-school physics class they took a decade ago and forgot.

Most people also forget we are exposed to radiation every second of our lives. Our TVs spit out radiation as does everything around us to a very low but measurable background level.
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Just as I've said to people since this has started. You'd need a Chernobyl like sequence of events for this to occur which quite simply isn't going to happen.
I'm sure they said "LOL..a complete meltdown???...this will never happen...ROTFL" at Chernobyl, too.
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What about Tokyo though
They are in fairly short range in case of complete meltdown
None of the 50 million people have been evacuated or otherwise have been warned
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