Sunday, March 13, 2011

Who'd have thought Japan would be the ones to nuke us?

SENDAI, Japan – The estimated death toll from Japan's disasters climbed past 10,000 Sunday as authorities raced to combat the threat of multiple nuclear reactor meltdowns and hundreds of thousands of people struggled to find food and water. The prime minister said it was the nation's worst crisis since World War II.

Nuclear plant operators worked frantically to try to keep temperatures down in several reactors crippled by the earthquake and tsunami, wrecking at least two by dumping sea water into them in last-ditch efforts to avoid meltdowns. Officials warned of a second explosion but said it would not pose a health threat.

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Well, maybe not much of a health threat to them....... What's gonna happen when they do have a meltdown is that there will be a huge fucking mushroom cloud of steam - highly radioactive steam - shooting up into the atmosphere where it will be carried away from Japan straight to...... the western United States. According to all the data I've seen, it'll take about 6-8 days to reach us. Some of it will be dissipated into the ocean (opening a whole new can of worms) but I can double damn guarantee that we'll catch a shitload of it.
I caught a great article over at Sipsey Street Irregulars about what may happen  plus a couple of great links.
So, if you want to see the jet streams and where the shit will hit go here:
http://www.stormsurfing.com/cgi/display_alt.cgi?a=npac_250

For real time radiation levels in several spots in the US, go here:
http://www.radiationnetwork.com/RadiationNetwork.htm

For the article at Sipsey Street Irregulars, go here:
http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/2011/03/praxis-if-reactors-blow-and-fallout.html

Oh, one more thing for you to think about - if you think I'm preaching doom & gloom, think again. They're using seawater to cool the systems, which is an absolute last resort because salt water is so fucking corrosive. So yeah, they're sweating it. So should we.

8 comments:

drjim said...

They're also going to be dumping in Boric Acid along with the seawater. Boric Acid is a source of Boron, which will absorb the Neutrons produced by the core, shutting it down PERMANENTLY.
They're just going to write off these two reactors, lock, stock, and barrel. Between the salt water and the Boron, these reactors will never run again.

Niki said...

"Officials warned of a second explosion but said it would not pose a health threat."

And because it is government officals, people are suppose to believe there is no danger.
Have you ever seen an explosion? There is already a danger from the one that happened. Anything that goes into the atmosphere can come down somewhere else. Who is to say that rain or snow falling in Kansas won't have radiation particles from Japan? I haven't looked at the sites yet but it ticks me off to think that all government officals think people are stupid. Well, maybe most of us are, who did we elect?

Deb said...

"...but it ticks me off to think that all government officals think people are stupid."

A book worth trying to find, "The Day We Bombed Utah" by John G. Fuller. It's about gov't nuclear testing in Utah and Nevada in the 1950's. Very scary.

While we're on the topic, ever read "On the Beach" by Nevil Shute? Published in 1957 and very appropriate for today.

Niki said...

Thanks Deb,
Looking for both of them right now.

Niki said...

I've always told Wirecutter, I love my country, but his fucking government scares me to death.

wirecutter said...

Hey, it ain't my government. I voted for some white guy.

Niki said...

There is another tsunami headed for Japan because of another quake.

dhanna59 said...

Hey, don't worry bout all that crap, what about the world-wide run on RAMEN NOODLES? That's something to get worried about! Get your priorities straight people...