"I'm very worried. This is a catastrophe." - Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State.
Japan, there is now a mass exodus away from areas near the troubled Fukushima power plant with citizens stockpiling gasoline, fuel and food, as a sense of visible anxiety and apocalyptic hysteria envelopes a nation already suffering from the repercussions of a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami.
There are also fears that the Japanese administration is not revealing the full story, with many slowly entertaining the view that Fukushima is a losing battle, given the evidence of the radioactive material leaks and plant abandonment. Currently Reactor 1 is in a partial core meltdown, Reactor 2 is in a potential meltdown, Reactor 3 is under blazing fire with radiation leaks, Reactor 4 is on fire and water levels are dropping, and Reactor 5 and 6 has heat rising in a spent fuel pool. Miles away, smoke can be seen rising from the power plant and the effects from the radiation is already been felt. Foreign companies have started to pull their staff and personnel out of the capital, Tokyo and other surrounding areas to other cities in Japan or overseas.
As the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was preparing to mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident next month, the prospects of a nuclear catastrophe and fallout is advancing around the globe, with reports coming in of pockets of radiation, already been experienced in sections of America.
Health and nuclear experts emphasize that radiation in the plume will be diluted as it travels and, at worst, would have extremely minor health consequences in the United States, even if hints of it are ultimately detectable. In a similar way, radiation from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 spread around the globe and reached the West Coast of the United States in 10 days, its levels measurable but minuscule. The projection, by the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, an arm of the United Nations in Vienna, gives no information about actual radiation levels but only shows how a radioactive plume would probably move and disperse. The forecast, calculated Tuesday, is based on patterns of Pacific winds at that time and the predicted path is likely to change as weather patterns shift... The test ban treaty group routinely does radiation projections in an effort to understand which of its global stations to activate for monitoring the worldwide ban on nuclear arms testing. It has more than 60 stations that sniff the air for radiation spikes and uses weather forecasts and powerful computers to model the transport of radiation on the winds... the Japan forecast shows that the radioactive plume will probably miss the agency’s monitoring stations at Midway and in the Hawaiian Islands but is likely to be detected in the Aleutians and at a monitoring station in Sacramento. The forecast assumes that radioactivity in Japan is released continuously and forms a rising plume. It ends with the plume heading into Southern California and the American Southwest, including Nevada, Utah and Arizona. The plume would have continued eastward if the United Nations scientists had run the projection forward. Earlier this week, the leading edge of the tangible plume was detected by the Navy’s Seventh Fleet when it was operating about 100 miles northeast of the Japanese reactor complex. On Monday, the Navy said it had repositioned its ships and aircraft off Japan “as a precautionary measure.” The United Nations agency has also detected radiation from the stricken reactor complex at its detector station in Gunma, Japan, which lies about 130 miles to the southwest. - New York Times.
|Radiation forecast by the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization.|
|Radiation Monitoring Network Map of Radiation locations.|
The numbers represent radiation counts per minute,... and under normal conditions, quantify the level of background radiation, i.e. environmental radiation from outer space as well as from the earth's crust and air. Depending on your location within the US, your elevation or altitude, and your model of Geiger counter, this background radiation level might average anywhere from 5 to 60 CPM, and while background radiation levels are random, it would be unusual for those levels to exceed 130 CPM. Thus, the "Alert Level" for the National Radiation Map is 130 CPM, so if you see any Monitoring Stations with CPM value above 130, further indicated by an Alert symbol over those stations, it probably means that some radioactive source above and beyond background radiation is responsible. Notice the Time and Date Stamp at the bottom center of the Map. That is your indication of how recently the Radiation Levels have been updated to the Map. - Radiation Network.This information from the Radiation Network is also reflected on the Online Geiger Counter Nuclear Radiation Detectors.
|Nuclear Radiation Dectector Map for America.|
Low concentrations of radioactive particles are heading eastwards from Japan's disaster-hit nuclear power plant and are expected to reach North America in days, a Swedish official said on Thursday. Lars-Erik De Geer, research director at the Swedish Defense Research Institute, a government agency, was citing data from a network of international monitoring stations established to detect signs of any nuclear weapons tests. Stressing that the levels were not dangerous for people, he predicted the particles would continue across the Atlantic and eventually also reach Europe. "It is not something you see normally," he said by phone from Stockholm. But, "it is not high from any danger point of view." He said he was convinced it would eventually be detected over the whole northern hemisphere. "It is only a question of very, very low activities so it is nothing for people to worry about," De Geer said. "In the past when they had nuclear weapons tests in China ... then there were similar clouds all the time without anybody caring about it at all," he said. Before he spoke, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission advised any Americans living near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to move at least 50 miles away but it played down the risks of contamination to the United States. "All the available information continues to indicate Hawaii, Alaska, the U.S. Territories and the U.S. West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity," it said in a statement on Wednesday.Worry or not, the United States is currently boosting their radiation-sniffing system.
"The advice the Japanese government is giving, based on information it has, is different from the advice that we would be giving if this incident were happening in the United States of America," Carney said. "It is not about the quality of information. It is about the standards set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission here in the United States and the kind of advice it would be giving should this incident happen in the United States." - MSNBC.He that hath ear, let him hear. He that hath eyes, let him see.