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Japan radiation leaking "directly" into air: IAEA
Reuters ^ | 3/15/2011 | Fredrik Dahl

Posted on 03/15/2011 12:56:34 PM PDT by Sprite518

Japan has told the U.N. nuclear watchdog radioactivity was being released "directly" into the atmosphere from the site of an earthquake-stricken reactor and that it had put out a fire at a spent fuel storage pond there.

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1 posted on 03/15/2011 12:56:40 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

There’s a guy from MIT who says there’s nothing to see here, move along.


2 posted on 03/15/2011 12:59:52 PM PDT by JohnKinAK
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To: Sprite518

Gee, I thought we weren’t supposed to worry. Which is it?

I know this isn’t a good thing, but how bad is it for us?


3 posted on 03/15/2011 1:00:08 PM PDT by dforest
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To: JohnKinAK

Well it’s on Top of the Drudge Report. What’s Mr. MIT expertise in since he is saying what you want to hear.


4 posted on 03/15/2011 1:03:34 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: JohnKinAK

All this end-of-world-mongering and I have yet to see any headlines that state “Containment Catastrophically Fails”. As far as I understand it, all the nuclear power plants in Japan could have meltdown and and as long as general containment is kept there isn’t a worldwide catastrophe that is going to happen.


5 posted on 03/15/2011 1:03:56 PM PDT by brent13a (You're a Great American! NO you're a Great American! NO NO NO YOU'RE a Great American! Nooo.....WTF?)
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To: indylindy

If you were told to worry, other than worry, what would you do?


6 posted on 03/15/2011 1:05:28 PM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different)
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To: indylindy
There were three very dirty nuclear events in 1945 and dozens since then. They all occurred directly in the atmosphere. The radiation spread all over the globe.

Except for people in the immediate vicinity of the blasts, no one got sick, no one died. Relax.

7 posted on 03/15/2011 1:05:31 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name now that we have the most conservative government in the world?)
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To: Sprite518

I was taking a jab at Mr MIT and beware there are a number of folks here on FR who suffer severe “Normalcy Bias” thanks to Mr MIT.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2688944/posts


8 posted on 03/15/2011 1:06:49 PM PDT by JohnKinAK
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To: indylindy

We all know that governments are notorious for not telling the truth. So it seems like there are a lot of mixed messages. One thing I know for sure... No one outside the disaster area really knows for sure. Time will tell.... Nevertheless, it’s better to prepare for the worse case, but pray and hope for the best case scenario.


9 posted on 03/15/2011 1:07:25 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

There will continue to be claims that this is not a big deal, unless large numbers of people start dying from radiation poisoning.


10 posted on 03/15/2011 1:07:25 PM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: Sprite518

Drudge being hysterical again.

It does little good to worry about this.


11 posted on 03/15/2011 1:07:41 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Sprite518
Has anyone noticed the price on these rising lately?


12 posted on 03/15/2011 1:08:35 PM PDT by mentor2k
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To: Sprite518
We'Re DooMeD!!

sarc/

13 posted on 03/15/2011 1:09:00 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Sprite518

LOL radiation doesn’t leak directly into the air.

If there’s radioactive dust or smoke that’s one thing but radiation itself has the same physical properties as sunlight.


14 posted on 03/15/2011 1:09:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Sprite518
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), citing information it had received from Japanese authorities at 0350 GMT, said on Tuesday dose rates of up to 400 millisievert per hour have been reported at the Fukushima power plant site.

It did not give details or comparisons on the radiation level but exposure to over 100 millisieverts a year is a level which can lead to cancer, according to the World Nuclear Association. The Vienna-based IAEA uses the unit to measure doses of radiation received by people.

OK. So which way is the wind blowing?

15 posted on 03/15/2011 1:09:52 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: JohnKinAK
There’s a guy from MIT who says there’s nothing to see here, move along.

The media are really hyping the "nuclear tragedy" theme much like they hyped the oil spill. They are clueless IDIOTS!

16 posted on 03/15/2011 1:09:59 PM PDT by DBeers (†)
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To: Retired Greyhound

How else would radiation leak into the atmosphere? Indirectly?


17 posted on 03/15/2011 1:10:20 PM PDT by Williams (It's the policies, stupid.)
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To: JohnKinAK

Oh okay... Sorry...

I just think it’s too soon to make any type of judgment one way or the other. There are too many mixed messages right now.


18 posted on 03/15/2011 1:11:17 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

It was a Chinese Missile.


19 posted on 03/15/2011 1:11:23 PM PDT by bkepley
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To: mentor2k

From what I hear, you can eat a can of tuna and get the same benefits.


20 posted on 03/15/2011 1:11:56 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: Repeal 16-17

I assume that most people understand the vernacular being used by the MSM regarding all the nuclear powerplant news = massive mushroom clouds spreading fallout around the world in hours.

I’m still waiting on someone to show me how a nuke powerplant failure could contaminate the whole world killing thousands/millions around the world, without a nuclear sized blast. Yet the MSM keeps doom-mongering that “radiation released in the air” is going to somehow kill millions in the mid-west.


21 posted on 03/15/2011 1:12:24 PM PDT by brent13a (You're a Great American! NO you're a Great American! NO NO NO YOU'RE a Great American! Nooo.....WTF?)
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To: Sprite518

It’s now impossible to know what’s going on there. Every 5 minutes there’s a conflicting report. I’m resigned to hoping and waiting now...and praying.


22 posted on 03/15/2011 1:13:07 PM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives"-Ataturk)
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To: stuartcr

I am not one to panic, especially if there is nothing I can do about it;)


23 posted on 03/15/2011 1:13:33 PM PDT by dforest
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To: GVnana

Does tuna saturate the thyroid too? hmmm, well if so, then expect tuna to spike too.


24 posted on 03/15/2011 1:13:49 PM PDT by mentor2k
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To: DBeers

What do you mean? Here’s what they truly believe;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBl-w4J0Xtk


25 posted on 03/15/2011 1:13:56 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: GVnana; mentor2k
Tuna fish purifies drinking water?

Are you two thinking that you're talking about the same thing?

26 posted on 03/15/2011 1:14:27 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: cripplecreek

I hope you are right, but like I said earlier.. Time will tell.


27 posted on 03/15/2011 1:14:51 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: DBeers
The MIT guy's video is very informative.
28 posted on 03/15/2011 1:15:43 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: Sprite518

The people of Japan need our prayer.


29 posted on 03/15/2011 1:16:04 PM PDT by st.eqed
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To: brent13a

There is already a defect in Reactor 2. TEPCO won’t say what or how bad.


30 posted on 03/15/2011 1:16:17 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: indylindy

That’s a healthy attitude.


31 posted on 03/15/2011 1:16:41 PM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different)
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To: Sprite518; JohnKinAK; indylindy; brent13a; stuartcr; Former Proud Canadian; Repeal 16-17; ...
Well it’s on Top of the Drudge Report. What’s Mr. MIT expertise in since he is saying what you want to hear.

But of course, Matt Drudge is not offering expert authoritative advice either, he's also just reposting other anonymously written headlines in order to grab clicks.

"Radiation 'directly' into the atmosphere" meaning what?

If you posted a report that someone in Oregon was spewing water "directly into the air" with a water sprinkler, must I automatically assume it's a flood threat to Texas?

32 posted on 03/15/2011 1:17:22 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: The KG9 Kid

I don’t know. I’m talking about is people are starting to make a run on iodine pills for radiation.


33 posted on 03/15/2011 1:17:27 PM PDT by mentor2k
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To: Sprite518
Do the reporters not know or do they intentionally make these stories confusing?

The IAEA said it had been informed "that the spent fuel storage pond at the Unit 4 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is on fire and radioactivity is being released directly into the atmosphere."

Japan has told the U.N. nuclear watchdog radioactivity was being released "directly" into the atmosphere from the site of an earthquake-stricken reactor and that it had put out a fire at a spent fuel storage pond there.

Is the fire out? A new fire? Is radiation leaking from the spent fuel storage now or was that before? Where is radiation now leaking from?
34 posted on 03/15/2011 1:18:22 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: mentor2k

No, the tuna doesn’t saturate the thyroid. But supposedly, the amount of iodine in the tuna (or kelp or shellfish) is sufficient.


35 posted on 03/15/2011 1:18:42 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: Sprite518
Wasn't Hans Blix with the IEAE?

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36 posted on 03/15/2011 1:19:58 PM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: bkepley
It was a Chinese Missile.

LOL!

37 posted on 03/15/2011 1:20:15 PM PDT by Mr.Unique (My dream thread: Mormon cop shoots Catholic Freeper's Pit Bull and takes his Macbook Pro.)
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To: sam_paine

It means radioactive particles (alpha, beta, gamma emitters) have been released to the atmosphere. No one is suggesting people in Texas panic. But if I were in Japan I would take all necessary precautions for my family no matter what some MIT “academic” says. Everybody pings on the media, but “academics” aren’t much better..........OBAMA is an “academic” for Heavan’s sake.


38 posted on 03/15/2011 1:20:58 PM PDT by JohnKinAK
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To: NormsRevenge
I'm gonna sing the Doom song.
But seriously if you are 8 km away from the plant this is big time serious bad news. If you are 8,000 km away in Los Angeles not so much
39 posted on 03/15/2011 1:21:28 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Sprite518

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12749444

Radiation falls at Japanese plant
15 March 2011 Last updated at 14:59 ET

Radiation levels have fallen at Japan’s earthquake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the government says.

The levels had spiked to harmful levels after a fire and two more explosions at the site.

Weather reports say winds are blowing radiation from the plant, on Japan’s north-east coast, over the Pacific.

...Radiation levels in the Japanese capital - 250km away - were reported to be higher than normal earlier on Tuesday before falling. Officials said there were no health dangers.


40 posted on 03/15/2011 1:22:23 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: JohnKinAK
ut if I were in Japan I would take all necessary precautions for my family

Such as what. You would be living in an apartment, perhaps. Say in Osaka. What exactly would you be doing differently based on a Drudge Report headline?

41 posted on 03/15/2011 1:23:01 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Sprite518

Nothing on the IAEA news ticker to confirm this.


42 posted on 03/15/2011 1:23:45 PM PDT by chimera
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To: americanophile
Every 5 minutes there’s a conflicting report.

That is an accurate assessment!!

43 posted on 03/15/2011 1:24:04 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: indylindy
I am so confused. The entire media is telling us how bad this is. But I'm reading altogether different information.
A Business Insider report said that the radioactive particles degrade within seconds when released...yes they're released but it's not dangerous because they split into nonradioactive elements.
Also hearing that some of these so-called experts are working on George Soros foundations makes me highly suspicious of their motives.
44 posted on 03/15/2011 1:26:48 PM PDT by jackv (The darkness hates the light!)
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To: GVnana
I don't know. But the BDE (Banana Dose Equivalent) thread is helping me a lot today. I don't know if it's true, but it's still helping.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2689136/posts

45 posted on 03/15/2011 1:27:25 PM PDT by lonevoice (Where the Welfare State is on the march, the Police State is not far behind)
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To: JohnKinAK
It means radioactive particles (alpha, beta, gamma emitters) have been released to the atmosphere. No one is suggesting people in Texas panic.

That was the point of my mention of a water sprinkler. You note that it is releasing SOME particles into the atmosphere. So? It always does above and beyond the background radiation. Now it's releasing more. How much is too much?

If you would turn on your Geiger counter you'd hear clicks from ionizations happening all the time around you. How much faster would it click in Osaka? In Odessa?

If you can't characterize the release, or the area of effect, then you might as well be warning about a potential meteorite strike.

46 posted on 03/15/2011 1:27:59 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: JohnKinAK

400 mSv per hour is an extremely serious situation. That’s exactly why they evacuated the area around the power plant.

The higher the level of radioactivity, the shorter the half-life, at least. Let’s hope the prevailing winds continue to blow the plume out over the ocean.


47 posted on 03/15/2011 1:27:59 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: JohnKinAK

400 mSv per hour is an extremely serious situation. That’s exactly why they evacuated the area around the power plant.

The higher the level of radioactivity, the shorter the half-life, at least. Let’s hope the prevailing winds continue to blow the plume out over the ocean.


48 posted on 03/15/2011 1:28:13 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Sprite518

Before earthquake: Freepers: “Reuters is the worst. Unreliable. Liberal. Liars”

After earthquake: Freepers: “Did you see what Reuters just released? This is important!!!”

= = =
When you vent the reactor (which they’ve been doing for the past couple of days), some radioactive isotopes are vented as well. IOW - directly into the atmosphere.

The actual source of the information (IAEA), FROM 7 HOURS AGO, states the following: “a 400 millisieverts (mSv) per hour radiation dose observed at Fukushima Daiichi occurred between Units 3 and 4. This is a high dose-level value, but it is a local value at a single location and at a certain point in time.”

Furthermore, the Reuters article states: “that the spent fuel storage pond at the Unit 4 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is on fire and radioactivity is being released directly into the atmosphere.”

That fire was extinguished 7 hours ago.

Reuters repackages old news under a new title and Freepers consider it reliable.


49 posted on 03/15/2011 1:29:06 PM PDT by kidd
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To: JohnKinAK

I’ve been told that friends in Tokyo were being told nothing to see, move along but now it’s suddenly get outta Dodge mode.


50 posted on 03/15/2011 1:29:30 PM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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