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Originally Posted by Blameless;13101599 
The isotopes of most concern are cesium-137 and iodine-131. The former has a half-life of ~30 years, the latter 8 days.

And some mistakenly believe after 1 half-life the radioactivity is gone, but it isn't, its just that the intensity is just reduced, decay follows an exponential curve taking a while to completely reach zero.
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You do realize that Japan is one of the most populous nations in the world, with one of the largest economies in the world?

Exactly
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Drop in a bucket.

Exactly
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The isotopes of most concern are cesium-137 and iodine-131. The former has a half-life of ~30 years, the latter 8 days.

I have not heard on what order of magnitude either of these isotopes have escaped into the surrounding environment.
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Originally Posted by Blameless;13101599 
The isotopes of most concern are cesium-137 and iodine-131. The former has a half-life of ~30 years, the latter 8 days.

Ah, so it was days, not hours. My bad.

I, personally, agree with the "drop in a bucket" statement. Heck, there's a garbage patch twice the size of Texas floating in the pacific, so I think that's quite a bit more severe that what this accident is causing. I could be wrong, though. If there are any marine experts reading this thread, feel free to correct me wink.gif
Edited by Hyoketsu - 4/12/11 at 3:08pm
     
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Ah, so it was days, not hours. My bad.

I, personally, agree with the "drop in a bucket" statement. Heck, there's a garbage patch twice the size of Texas floating in the pacific, so I think that's quite a bit more severe that what this accident is causing. I could be wrong, though. If there are any marine experts reading this thread, feel free to correct me wink.gif

I heard a podcast of someone who went out doing research on that and she said it wasn't really a "patch" but spread out over hundreds of miles. It doesn't actually clump up into one spot like a swirling whirlpool.
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I have not heard on what order of magnitude either of these isotopes have escaped into the surrounding environment.

The last report I heard a few days ago was that radiation in the area surrounding the plant was ~4800 above the legal limit (legal by international standards I believe).
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Ah, so it was days, not hours. My bad.

I, personally, agree with the "drop in a bucket" statement. Heck, there's a garbage patch twice the size of Texas floating in the pacific, so I think that's quite a bit more severe that what this accident is causing. I could be wrong, though. If there are any marine experts reading this thread, feel free to correct me wink.gif

They've said that fishing will be restricted in an area around the plant, not sure what the size of that area was, but the report I heard didn't make it sound huge or anything. They also made it sound like the radiation making it in to the water wasn't long lasting (probably one of the isotopes with a shorter half life), so fishing would eventually return to normal once the plant is fully contained.
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omgawd this manga was so precise!

richter scales earthquake 8.1..
and in 20XX
wooowww

http://www.mangareader.net/1117/kanojo-wo-mamoru-51-no-houhou.html
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Might be worth checking out this following Youtube Video depicting life in the Japanese 'Zone'.

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp9iJ3pPuL8&hd=1[/ame]
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Aw look at all the dogs.
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That is something...
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That video is crazy. Those guys didn't have any protective gear or anything. Poor animals all abandoned too. Sadly it'll be like that in that area for awhile.
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