Nuclear Forecast: Radioactive particles appear to concentrate over surface of Northern California on March 28, 29 (VIDEO)

Published: March 25th, 2011 at 6:37 pm ET
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Fukushima potential releases of Xe-133 from 0 to 100 meters above sea level March 25-29, Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), March 25-29, 2011:

0 to 100 meters above sea level

* Although xenon is not toxic, its compounds are highly toxic – CRC handbook of chemistry

Published: March 25th, 2011 at 6:37 pm ET
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8 comments to Nuclear Forecast: Radioactive particles appear to concentrate over surface of Northern California on March 28, 29 (VIDEO)

  • not necessarily. be of good cheer. no doube some of us will live.


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  • Jack

    Hey Faust,
    that link didn’t work from my Safari/MacBook…


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  • xdrfox

    Don’t work for IE either !


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  • Jack

    Faust, can you briefly, or thoroughly, explain what the LINK
    was telling us?…the one you posted gave an extended,
    over-length URL.
    Meanwhile, here in Hawaii, wondering if they will let folks
    fly home, to the US mainland, or, also, the poor Japanese, fleeing
    for their lives,
    if they start doing radiation checks, like those two
    Japanese who were stopped at entry point to China.
    Northern Cal, Oregon, Washington, loaded with produce and
    DAIRY FARMS.
    If you didn’t cleanse your diet before, you sho ’nuff wanta
    cut out Dairy Products Now….


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  • USFoodConsumer!

    Jack is right–dairy is the worst for spreading internal contamination…
    CA, especially, is such a fantastic agricultural gem for the whole nation.
    Uh-OH!!!!

    What is the game plan for TEPCO anyway?


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  • That CRC quote (“Although xenon is not toxic, its compounds are highly toxic — CRC handbook of chemistry”), while accurate, is misleadingly irrelevant.

    Xenon is a noble gas. That means it doesn’t ordinarily form chemical compounds at all.

    In fact, Xenon was discovered in 1898, but it wasn’t until 1962 that it was discovered that it can form chemical compounds under special circumstances.

    You can breath xenon safely — if it’s of the stable isotopes. This is not, of course, coming from a nuclear reactor. But it’s the radioactivity that’s relevant, not the chemistry. So you can ignore that CRC quote, and just worry about the nuclear aspect.

    Fortunately, the concentrations are extremely low, and it’s not long-lived, or easily absorbed and concentrated. It does show which way the wind is blowing, however.

    For perspective — we exploded two atomic bombs over Japan, including one made of plutonium, and many, many atmospheric tests in the Pacific and in our own country. An atmospheric explosion is highly effective at getting the reaction products into the air for transport. And we’ve had core meltdowns here, on a smaller scale, but right outside LA.

    In other words, we’ve already done far worse to ourselves, radiologically, than what we can expect from this disaster here in the US.

    Not that it’s OK — there’s a reason we negotiated a ban on atmospheric tests. But it’s not a catastrophe here.

    In Japan, however — even without widespread nuclear contamination this is a huge blow.


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