Originally Posted by Helios.be
Nuclear testing was done untill 1992 in nevada, so why scream hell and fire if some stuff leaks 5000 km away? The cesium in your lungs is probably 99% of the weapons testing in your own country.
This is why I said that 'you guys have better things to worry about'.
Hot particles or no hot particles, your lungs deal with dust through mucus secretion. It won't be there forever. If it does a small amount of damage your lungs will manage. All of you guys who are foretelling doom, do you use solvents frequently, do you smoke or frequently go to passive smoking environments? All of these can damage your lungs too. While we're on that subject, you should be thinking about your diet over this issue, heart disease and diabetes will be more of a risk to people in North America than radiation.
Lets also consider Chernobyl, there you had a massive event where the reactor blew up, fuel was blown all over, then theres the fire that resulted afterwards. Western Europe got quite a bit of the fallout, and was closer to the Ukraine than Japan is to the States, but we don't have, and I quote, "tens of millions" extra cancer patients and deaths.
Please can we think about those people in Japan, and Korea, China and Russia. They are far, far closer to the source, they actually do have something to worry about. In particular the workers who are exposing themselves to significant amounts of radiation to try to bring this issue under control.