Radioactive Contamination From Japan

Discussion in 'General Science' started by Glenn Holland, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. Glenn Holland

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    Tests for radioactivity are being performed in the San Francisco area and they are related to tracking contamination from the Fukoshima nuclear disaster in Japan.

    Seems that severe contamination from the Fukoshima site could be brought to the U.S. by deposits on ships (such as barnacles and other marine life) traveling from Japan and debris that has washed out to sea and drifted eastward. The jets stream also passes over the western Pacific toward the west coast of the U.S.

    My guess is the western U.S. might not get any significant contamination, however the government doesn't tell the truth either and I'm wondering what the level of risk actually is in my area.

    https://radwatch.berkeley.edu/about

    http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=83397&tid=3622&cid=94989
     
  2. Alec_t

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    I shouldn't worry about it, Glenn. Your only options are to go around wearing a lead suit or to emigrate :).
     
  3. Glenn Holland

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    Probably nothing to worry about here on the west coast of the U.S.

    However, the area around Japan is an entirely different story and the cost of dealing with this disaster will run in the $100s of billions if not a few trillion.
     
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