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Nuclear-related Emergency Information-Live updates form Japan

In natural disasters on April 15, 2011 at 07:57

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What has occurred in Japan’s Nuclear plant is a disaster of disasters and although I am not surprised there is’nt  much press on TV, or other more accessible media channels to the public being broadcasted. Why? Some common sense experts would say because they don’t want to make a big deal, until, the nuclear spill causes a snowball effect destroying anything and everything in its path. What are the cost besides the human losses the earthquake/tsunami has caused? Was Japan moving too swiftly with its technological innovations?  The spill for starters, will create some extremely  severe problems in the ocean, our fish for one will not be a safe food to eat for a long, long, time. How long? who knows, I’m not an expert on nuclear reactions. But I am sure this single chains of events will change the face of the earth forever, in ways I cannot fathom. What are the only viable solutions and what comes next? The first groups of people who come mind are the earth protectors and their mean green fighting regime. Yes, just a few short years ago recycling was something we did out of cashing in some aluminum for a handful of cash, now we do it out of respect. Now we must do more  to help balance our planetary karma or else. The choice is leaves no room for weak links who won’t participate and the odds of reversing the catastrophe are extremely unbalanced.

Radioactivity US Concerns.In Japan, One Million Times Greater. Videos.

In Health on April 7, 2011 at 23:10

Radioactivity in Salt from sea   may pose a problem.

Also Radioactivity at 10 million times higher is very serious.

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Neighbours take fright over radiation threat.

* Expert says levels not dangerous

* Tourist arrivals plunge in peak season

* Sparks debate over nuclear safety in the U.S. (Adds TEPCO statement, trace radioactivity detected in China)

By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Yoko Nishikawa

TOKYO, April 7 (Reuters) – Japan’s neighbours sounded increasingly alarmed over the risk of radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, while figures showed the number of foreign visitors to the country had slumped during what should be the peak tourist season.

The world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years is also raising concern over safety in the United States, which has more atomic reactors than any other country, especially at one plant which is similar to the one in Fukushima wrecked by last month’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami.

Engineers, who sealed a leak this week that had allowed highly radioactive water into the sea, are now pumping nitrogen into one reactor to prevent the risk of a hydrogen gas explosion, and want to start the process in another two reactors.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/07/japan-idUSL3E7F62A520110407

JapanRadioactive Water, Threatens U.S. Tuna-Live Video.

In natural disasters, videos on April 6, 2011 at 08:23

Alpha Decay of Americium-241 to Neptunium-237. Adapted from Alpha Decay.

 

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Beta Decay

Alpha Decay of Hydrogen-3 to Helium-3. Adapted from Stability of Nuclei.

http://library.thinkquest.org/3471/radiation_types_body.html

    • Although a dose of just 25 rems causes some detectable changes in blood, doses to near 100 rems usually have no immediate harmful effects. Doses above 100 rems cause the first signs of radiation sickness including:

      Doses of 300 rems or more cause temporary hair loss, but also more significant internal harm, including damage to nerve cells and the cells that line the digestive tract. Severe loss of white blood cells, which are the body’s main defense against infection, makes radiation victims highly vulnerable to disease. Radiation also reduces production of blood platelets, which aid blood clotting, so victims of radiation sickness are also vulnerable to hemorrhaging. Half of all people exposed to 450 rems die, and doses of 800 rems or more are always fatal. Besides the symptoms mentioned above, these people also suffer from fever and diarrhea. As of yet, there is no effective treatment–so death occurs within two to fourteen days.

      In time, for survivors, diseases such as leukemia (cancer of the blood), lung cancer, thyroid cancer, breast cancer, and cancers of other organs can appear due to the radiation received

      .Effects of Radiation Exposure on Human Health

  • http://library.thinkquest.org/3471/radiation_effects_body.html

Radioactive Rain in United States, video.Rain Water banned in Japan.

In natural disasters on March 31, 2011 at 12:00

East Coast tests found iodine-131 from Japan in rainwater; California results due out in coming days.

Adithya Sambamurthy/The Bay Citizen
The storms that hammered the Bay Area last week may have carried radioactive contamination from Japan

 

 

Rain falling on the United States contains radioactive material from Japan at levels that exceed federal safety thresholds.

Federal officials on Tuesday urged calm in the wake of the discovery of iodine-131, which blew across the Pacific Ocean from the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, in rainwater.

The tests that detected the radioactive material were conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and by nuclear power plant operators in Pennsylvania.

Test results for California have not yet been released, so it’s impossible to assess the exact dangers here. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to publish those results within the next day or so, according to Mike Bandrowski, chief of indoor air and radiation for the EPA’s Region 9, which includes California.

Source: The Bay Citizen (http://s.tt/12bQH)

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Even as the market has now apparently fully priced in Fukushima, the bad news continue coming:

  • TOKYO ELECTRIC RADIOACTIVITY FOUND CONFIRMS FUEL DAMAGE: NHK
  • TOKYO ELECTRIC DETECTS 5 TYPES OF RADIOACTIVITY, NHK SAYS

No surprise there: by now everyone is well aware that the fuel rods are if not completely then certainly partially destroyed. However, the real danger, and explains why we have been following atmospheric conditions over Japan so closely, is that as Kyodo just reported, the rain is now pouring radioactive cats and dogs. But the most troubling development is that instead of being proactive and finally warning its citizens about the dangers, the Japanese government has just raised the decontamination threshold by nearly 20 times from 6,000 cpm to a stunning 100,000 cpm. Is is rather safe to assume that this number was not picked arbitrarily.

From Kyodo:

Far greater amounts of radioactive iodine and cesium were found in rain, dust and particles in the air in some areas over a 24-hour period from Sunday morning due to rainfall, the science ministry said Monday.

”Considering the results of a separate test, radioactive materials in the air and drinking water are confined to levels that would not affect health,” an official of the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology said. ”The impact on agricultural crops needs to be examined mainly by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.”

In a notice to the nation’s 47 prefectures, the health ministry called on local governments on Monday to advise residents to stop giving babies water in forms such as baby formula if radioactive iodine is found in drinking water at levels greater than 100 becquerels per kiloliter.

”Babies can easily absorb radioactive iodine in their thyroid glands,” a ministry official said, explaining the reason for issuing the notice. The intake limit set by the central government is 300 becquerels per kiloliter of water.

The science ministry said separately traces of the substances were detected in drinking water sampled Sunday in nine prefectures but they were all below the intake limits set by the government.

The nationwide survey showed both radioactive iodine and cesium were found in Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma prefectures, while iodine alone was found in Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Niigata and Yamanashi.

In Fukushima Prefecture, where the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is located, the prefectural government said 23 becquerels of iodine was found per kiloliter of water.

Yamanashi appeared in the latest iodine list, after not being listed in the previous survey based on samples taken Saturday.

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/nhk-finally-confirms-fuel-damage-radioactive-rain-starts-pour-and-japan-increases-decontamin

Rainwater banned at water plants

Airborne contaminants tainting tap water supplies, health ministry says

The health ministry has instructed water purification plants nationwide to temporarily stop taking in rainwater to prevent tap water being contaminated from radiation leaking from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, ministry officials said Sunday.

While calling on the plants to keep tap water supplies stable, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry also proposed covering the water pools at the plants with tarps to keep rainwater out or using powdered activated carbon to help get rid of radioactive materials. The instruction came after abnormal radiation levels were found in tap water at multiple purification plants in Fukushima, Tokyo and other prefectures.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110328x2.html

 

 

 

Radiation Sickness and Treatment.

In Medicine on March 31, 2011 at 09:42

Some useful information.

Symptoms of Radiation sickness

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Radiation sickness includes the 13 symptoms listed below:

There is no cure for radiation sickness, which is caused by body tissue exposed to radioactive substances. The symptoms are treated on a case by case basis since the degree of sickness and the symptoms vary from person to person. The effects cannot be reversed, but if they’re treated in a timely manner the damage may be contained.

Read more: How to Treat Radiation Sickness | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2070353_treat-radiation-sickness.html#ixzz1I950g8YG

Treatment List for Radiation sickness

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Radiation sickness includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/r/radiation_sickness/treatments.htm

 

Medical management of Radiation Causalities.

http://www.usuhs.mil/afrri/outreach/pdf/3edmmrchandbook.pdf

 

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