I remember when I was a teenager and my Father was lecturing me on some foolishness I had committed. One line I never forgot. "You think that just because you believe in some A-bomb that you can get away with anything you want!" His voice dripped negativity and scorn as he went on to praise the "progress" I disdained in society.
May you rest in peace, Poppa, it pains me in ways you may never know, but I was right! Nuclear power is the nightmare of nightmares.
I knew that radioactive fallout from Fukushima was bad on the West Coast; I just didn’t know it is THIS bad. Last week when I warned my athletic daughters to jog indoors at the gym, they smiled tolerantly, (Mom is a bit eccentric they figure) and told me I was being a bit Chicken Little-ish, and besides, the government had not put out warnings, (was I ever so naive? well, yeah, in other areas of life) and they love the sunlight so much.
I have even stopped sleeping with the window beside my bed open, something I have done all my life, but since we breathe so extra deeply in our sleep, it is better to err on the side of caution. Our Canadian government says NOTHING at all about these issues.
“Well, the average person breathes in about 10 cubic meters a day, and the filters out there for April show that they were breathing in, per day, about five particles. Now these are charged, which is why we call them ‘fuel fleas’ since they latch onto lung tissue. We’re at a point now where you just can’t run from the particles that are still in the air. We call them ‘fuel fleas’ also because they’re incredibly small, smaller than the thickness of your hair.”
“Yes, there are definite risks tied to these “hot particles.” But that really does not answer the question. I am afraid I will have to be brutally honest and be the bearer of really terrible news. The information coming out about hot particle concentrations near Fukushima, Tokyo, and now Seattle TELL US THAT NOT ONLY SHOULD ALL THOSE POPULATIONS BE WORRYING BUT THEIR GOVERNMENTS SHOULD HAVE BEEN ISSUING EVACUATION ORDERS MONTHS AGO.
They did not of course, except in a too-tight circle around Fukushima, which is getting 40 times more than in Tokyo or Seattle.
BECAUSE OF THE JET STREAM IN APRIL, AFTER THE LARGE EXPLOSIONS THAT DESTROYED THREE REACTOR BUILDINGS, IT WAS AS DANGEROUS IN SEATTLE AND MUCH OF THE WEST COAST OF NORTH AMERICA AS IN TOKYO.
“Well, the radiation initially comes out as a big cloud of gases, and that’s what you can measure with a Geiger counter. But now what we’re finding are these things called ‘hot particles,’ and in the industry it’s interesting because in Seattle it didn’t go down much. It was about five particles a day, because most of the time, as we talked about in April, the wind was blowing toward the west coast.”
All of these hot particles will burn the local tissues. They will compromise health in a myriad of ways. But doctors will stand by not having a clue what to tell their patients to do except receive more radiation diagnostic scans and more radiation treatments for cancer patients.
“That’s why we were warning you to wash your lettuce and things like that. Now what that means is that these hot particles can lodge in your lung or in your digestive tract or in your bone and, over time, cause a cancer. But they’re way too small to be picked up on a large radiation detector.”
“Geiger counters simply cannot measure whether or not someone has ingested a hot particle but we know they’re here because the air filters have measured these radioactive particles and they’ve been found in the topsoil, in water supplies and in the milk produced on both coasts of the U.S. This suggests that the same would be true of the meat of any livestock raised outdoors ~ and of the vegetables grown outdoors,”
The half-life of various plutonium isotopes ranges from minutes to 80 million years.
Plutonium-239 has a half-life of 24,100 years meaning it takes that long to lose half of its radioactive potency ~ nothing compared to depleted uranium, which counts its time in billions of years.
Uranium-235 has a half-life of 700 million years.
And caesium, which tends to go airborne easily, has a half-life of 30 years.