Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Slow motion planetary suicide

Call me crazy, but this non-stop radiation leak at Fukushima seems like a bigger threat to our national security than any terrorist could hope to be. I mean, let's check the map.

Radiation levels around Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant are 18 times higher than previously thought, Japanese authorities have warned. Last week the plant's operator reported radioactive water had leaked from a storage tank into the ground. It now says readings taken near the leaking tank on Saturday showed radiation was high enough to prove lethal within four hours of exposure.
And then there's the pure incompetency of the utility company.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) had originally said the radiation emitted by the leaking water was around 100 millisieverts an hour. However, the company said the equipment used to make that recording could only read measurements of up to 100 millisieverts. The new recording, using a more sensitive device, showed a level of 1,800 millisieverts an hour.
This can't end well.

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Blogger GD said...

So... that's an unofficial map NOAA published of wave amplitude immediately following the tsunami. There are some plausible radition models out there. Let's not mislead the highest common denominator so early after the holiday.

8:37:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

This map has been widely published on the internets with every story on the leak. Figuring the NOAA is presenting a credible model.

12:08:00 PM  
Blogger GD said...

Yes, a credible model of the tsunami wave as sea level increase (cm) immediately after the earthquake. If you track down the original map, link above, it is labeled. NOAA presented what they did but the internets twisted it, go figure...

1:20:00 PM  
Blogger GD said...

I am not saying 1800 mSv/hr leaking into the Pacific is nothing to worry about, only that we need to worry critically with the correct information.

1:23:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Point taken GD but most people won't get the nuance and the map, outdated as it is, does convey the scope of the problem in some sense, no.

The point is nobody is really talking about this and it seems pretty serious to me.

2:21:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

When have Americans been serious about being serious? Besides let the West coast be serious about the West coast. We Atlantic folks couldn't care less.

8:33:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I'm sure the media will get right on sounding that alarm as soon as they finish analyzing whether Miley Cyrus is a slut or the biggest slut ever for shaking her ass on tv.

1:57:00 PM  

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