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  1. Apparently the first cases of potassium iodide poisoning are now appearing in the States.
  2. No. If you live in a poorly vented house on a fairly radioactive part of Dartmoor you get a dose of about 50mSv a year (source: http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/written_answers/1987/feb/05/radiation). Divide that by 365*24 to get your average hourly dose and you get 5707 nSv per hour. A nSv is roughly equivalent to a nGy (actually it's a bit more but about the same order of magnitude - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sievert) so you'd be getting about the same levels of radiation sitting in your living room in Princetown.
  3. That's what I'm seeing too. It seems that there was a failure of cooling pumps at the previously relatively trouble free reactor 2 and that caused water levels to drop although by how much is not entirely clear, although it seems that fuel rods were at least partially exposed. They're pumping water in again now and the core will be cooling. It will have suffered some kind of damage as a result though meaning more raidonuclides released into the atmosphere.
  4. Look here. This is what is actually going on with the reactor: http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/11031404-e.html They've been using water from inside the torus under the reactor to cool it. Most of that has been vented away as steam and so they're pumping in seawater to replace it.
  5. Glad to see that the highly informed level of debate continuing on this thread When they say the water levels in reactor 2 are low, what they mean is that the initial supply of cooling water in the reactor has almost been exhausted. This does not mean that the core has been exposed. It means they need to pump in more water because the supply of additional cooling water is running out and if they don't replace it then water leves inside the core will start to fall and the core could be exposed. It's still not going to go into meltdown. It really, really isn't.
  6. http://www.housepricecrash.co.uk/forum/index.php?showtopic=160968&view=findpost&p=2924962 Please read.
  7. Yes he probably would. As a rule of thumb he further away from the leak you are the weaker the radiation but the way in which radioactive material spreads depends on any number of factors including stuff like what direction the wind is blowing and it's quite hard to predict. BTW the explosion did NOT cause the release of any radioactivity. It was a hydrogen explosion from outside the reactor. Any radioactive material that has been released has been from venting of steam from the reactor.
  8. It does but so does UV and our atmosphere does a fairly good job of filtering that out most of the time.
  9. The highest dose that anybody seems to have received is a worker at reactor number 3. He got 106 mSv. That's about 10 CAT scans worth or 1/300th of a lethal dose. He'll be fine. I've seen 8 times normal background quoted for the area around the plant but that was yesterday and it may well have fallen by now. That's about the same amount of radiation you'd get going for a walk on Dartmoor. Seriously.
  10. You're quite right. Does anybody want to buy some iodine tablets? 50 quid a go and I guarantee you that you won't get thyroid cancer from the Fukushima plant. In fact they're so good I don't even need to bother sending them to you and you still won't get thyroid cancer from the Fukushima plant. In fact, just send me money. Now.
  11. Or not given that they would be up in space and the Earth's atmosphere blocks gamma rays.
  12. By the way, a poorly ventilated house in an area like Dartmoor with high levels of naturally occuring radon gas will also give you a dose of about 6000 nGy/h.
  13. OMG OMG THAT'S NEARLY A MILLIONTH OF A LETHAL DOSE!!!! EVERY HOUR!!!! A nGy is a nano-Gray. It's a unit of radioactivity. You need something in the region of 30 Gray (or Servierts if you prefer which are a similar unit) to kill you.
  14. Hehe. Actually I'm really a government stooge paid for by the CIA to help hide the fact that thousands of people have received a lethal dose of radiation and that the reactor core is at this very moment burning its way through the Earth's crust and will end up causing a massive volcanic eruption that will cause house prices to crash the world over.
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