Japan nuclear crisis: why the plume traveling to US poses little threat – CSMonitor.com



If an accident at one of California’s two operating nuclear power plants led to a release of radiation, potassium iodide pills would go out to people living within a 10-mile radius of the plant, according to Kelly Huston, assistant secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency, in an interview with Bay Area affiliates of NBC News.

By contrast, the plume from Fukushima has had to travel 5,000 miles. Along the way, the plume – carried along by high-altitude winds – disperses as it broadens. Radioactive material in the plume, which survives the journey, has had time to decay.

If the plume were to remain corralled in a relatively small volume for the entire trip, it might pose problems along a similarly narrow corridor below it, some researchers say. But “the idea of transporting something thousands of miles so it would be contained would be a miracle in itself,” says William Marlow, a nuclear engineering professor at Texas A&M University at College Station.

via Japan nuclear crisis: why the plume traveling to US poses little threat – CSMonitor.com.

And, for the less doomsday approach. This honestly is probably much more likely than the more naysayer-ish stuff out there, but at the same time, downplaying the effects of the nuclear events of late would certainly help in avoiding panic. And of course, are you going to MIND having those potassium iodide pills on hand later, perhaps when the next disaster happens? I guess the point is, don’t go choosing the pills over your daily meal, but if you have the extra cash to spend (ie, it’ll otherwise go to junk food or lottery tickets), then they may be a good investment, just to stay on the safe side.


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