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Ocean Radiation and the Fukushima Disaster


   The following article is from a non nuclear site the Deep Sea News I found it on my regular reading rounds on the web. It is a very well done article with enough snarkiness to satisfy even the hardest core curmudgeons on this site and full of good facts for reference or just forwarding the article to an anti-nuke friend or a fence sitting neo-pronuke environmentalist trying to overcome years of anti-nuclear conditioning. The chart below is in a link inside the article one of the best graphics I have seen for relative risk for the uninitiated.

True facts about Ocean Radiation and the Fukushima Disaster

On March 11th, 2011 the Tōhoku earthquake and resulting tsunami wreaked havoc on Japan. It also resulted in the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl when the tsunami damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Radioactive particles were released into the atmosphere and ocean, contaminating groundwater, soil and seawater which effectively closed local Japanese fisheries.

Rather unfortunately, it has also led to some wild speculation on the widespread dangers of Fukushima radiation on the internet. Posts with titles like “Holy Fukushima – Radiation From Japan Is Already Killing North Americans” and ”28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima” (which Southern Fried Science has already throughly debunked ) keep popping up on my facebook feed from well-meaning friends.

I’m here to tell you that these posts are just plain garbage. While there are terrible things that happened around the Fukushima Power Plant in Japan; Alaska, Hawaii and the West Coast aren’t in any danger.  These posts were meant to scare people (and possibly written by terrified authors). They did just that, but there is a severe lack of facts in these posts. Which is why I am here to give you the facts, and nothing but the facts.

Full article here

This is a couple years old already...not sure how I missed it back then. We always use the poop/stink analogy for contamination/radiation...but never really used reactor poop & farts as a reactor accident analogy!

Gotta watch the video!

Nuclear Reactor Boy's Tummy Ache:


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