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Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Path of the Plume

Posted by on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 6:01 AM

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A model created by the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization and obtained by the New York Times.

The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory B. Jaczko, said Monday that the plume posed no danger to the United States. “You just aren’t going to have any radiological material that, by the time it traveled those large distances, could present any risk to the American public,” he said in a White House briefing.

Mr. Jaczko was asked if the meltdown of a core of one of the reactors would increase the chance of harmful radiation reaching Hawaii or the West Coast.

“I don’t want to speculate on various scenarios,” he replied. “But based on the design and the distances involved, it is very unlikely that there would be any harmful impacts.”

 

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Happy St Paddy's!

A few years ago Slog posted a video of 'The 12 Gays of Christmas' which became the troll's favorite but we forgot to link it this past December so here it is-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSedhEout…
(little known tidbit- Dan is the one on the far right in the knit cap and scarf tied around his neck but he's way too modest to admit it...)

In that spirit and in honor of St Paddy and Brand New to Slog here is another dance routine;
'The Gay RiverDancers'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cujri54RP…
(Dan is in the middle on this one...)
Posted by . on March 17, 2011 at 6:31 AM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 2
Out of morbid interest, I checked and I think potassium iodide is sold out on Amazon. It was going for $225/14 pack on Ebay.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi http://www.zombo.com on March 17, 2011 at 6:36 AM · Report this
WFM 3
Many things have been underplayed about this crisis but the threat of airborne radiation to the PNW is not among them. The assurances that the levels will be negligible here should be accepted. However, a lot could go into the ocean, and I wonder what the long-term effect on the north Pacific ecosystem might be. If it gets into the salmon, then it gets into the PNW food chain. Still, the dilution will be tremendous-- it's not like the salmon will be glowing.
Posted by WFM on March 17, 2011 at 6:56 AM · Report this
WFM 4
@2, good grief. One can probably get sufficient iodine from the seaweed in a sushi roll. That reminds me, it's been too long since I've been to Liberty.
Posted by WFM on March 17, 2011 at 7:00 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 5
Will I be OK If I drink a bottle of Iodine?
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on March 17, 2011 at 7:27 AM · Report this
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God is aiming at Utah.
Posted by DJSauvage on March 17, 2011 at 9:21 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7
@5 oh for gods sake, stop panicking and just drink!
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on March 17, 2011 at 11:09 AM · Report this

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