Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What to do in case of nuclear fallout? Plus, update on nuclear situation at Fukushima in Japan.

What To Do In Case of Nuclear Fall-Out

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The very first thing you should do in case of a nuclear fall-out is something you should already have done. You should make sure that you have adequate water, food and emergency supplies like you would for any catastrophe. In the case of a nuclear fall-out you want to also make sure that you have a supply of potassium iodine for every member of your family as it will prevent thyroid cancer. You can get potassium iodate at your local health food store. If you can't find the potassium iodate eat kelp or get some kelp capsules, it has potassium iodate in it naturally.

The second thing you should do is to locate the direction that the fall-out is taking. If you can relocate and avoid the fall-out, do so. Find out where the cloud is headed and go in the opposite direction. Make sure you have a good map, enough gas, supplies and a stash of cash. If you are unsure of where the cloud is moving it would be better for you to take shelter somewhere than to be exposed or stuck somewhere outside.

If you are staying put then you need to seek shelter. If you haven't already done so find a map of the local designated fall-out shelters. The best place is a designated fall-out shelter, think old cement block buildings, like capital buildings or old libraries. Remember the Fall-Out Shelter signs from the 1950's? If you cannot find a fall-out shelter locate a place with the greatest mass between you and the outside, a basement is the first thing that comes to mind or a subway or anything as far under the earth as possible. Even a cave would be better than being outside. Being OUTSIDE is the worst place you can be when experiencing a nuclear fall-out. If you cannot locate a shelter or a basement then create a barrier within your home. Seal up the windows and doors of your house first. Take tables or inside doors (off their hinges) and build an enclosed area, fortify it with anything that will create mass, like earth-bags, sandbags, wood, books or anything that will provide mass between you and the outside air. The heavier the better. Just make sure that the enclosure doesn't collapse. Leave a small crawl space that you can close in after you enter.

According to a website I found when googling “what to do in case of a nuclear fall-out, an effective fallout shelter constructed in a basement may reduce your radiation exposure 100-200 fold. Thus, if the initial radiation intensity outside was 500 R/hr (fatal in one hour), the basement shelter occupants might only experience 5 R/hr or even less, which is survivable, as the radiation intensity will be decreasing with every passing hour. As uncomfortable as a make-shift shelter may be it could be the difference between life and death. Make sure you have all your supplies, food, water, flashlight, radio, a bucket for waste (see my blog on humanure toilets) and enough room for everyone to stay put for a couple of days.

I pray to God that we never experience a nuclear fall-out but with the current news in Japan and with loved ones who live on the coast of California I think that it is better to be safe than sorry.

Fukushima operator says will evacuate control room personnel (Update 1)

Topic: Powerful Earthquake in Japan

Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

The operator of Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant said on Tuesday that all personnel must be evacuated from the control room at the plant's reactor No.1 after radiation levels became critical, Kyodo news agency said.
The agency did not report the exact radiation level reading.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the container of a plant reactor may have been partially damaged, Jiji Press reported.
The company said earlier on Tuesday the problem could develop into a critical ''meltdown'' situation after part of container vessel in reactor No. 2 was damaged following a hydrogen explosion at 6:10 a.m. (21.10, Monday GMT).
The level of radiation around Fukushima No.1 is high enough to affect human health, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said earlier on Tuesday.
He said 400 millisieverts of radiation per hour had been detected around reactor No.3 at 10:22 a.m. local time (01.22 GMT), four times higher than the acceptable radiation level for humans.
The No.1, No.2 and No.3 reactors are all releasing hazardous radioactive material.
All residents within a 20 kilometer radius of the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant have been evacuated, Japan's National Police Agency said.
Meanwhile, temperatures have been rising slightly in Units Five and Six of Fukushima No. 1.
Blasts at Fukushima No. 1 in northeastern Japan have escalated concerns about a possible nuclear disaster in the country, which was devastated by a powerful 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami on Friday.
Cooling systems at the Fukushima plant failed following the earthquake, resulting in blasts at Units One and Three on Monday. Unit Two also overheated on Monday, but the cooling system recovered a few hours later.
MOSCOW, March 15 (RIA Novosti) 

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