Trace Radiation Reaches Here from Japan and Other Links about the Crisis

Workers at Fukushima power plant

California radiation risk low at this time reports the LA TIMES. The trace radiation is very low.  See the excellent graphic showing how much radiation we receive from everyday activities and how that compares to radiation from Chernobyl, etc . I highly recommend this one. However, the California Dept of Public health has opened a radiation hot line.

And, of course,  Japan may be facing worse issues.  After a day in which news remained relatively stable, Breaking news is reporting that the number 3 reactor at Fukushima is struggling again.  The workers may have to release more radioactive gas. Here is more.

Here is a map of Japan’s radiation levels in each area.  The ones in pink are what is called “under survey”  which means they are censored. Radiation has been detected in milk and spinach near the stricken plant.

Some interesting other news includes that the Japanese have “quietly” begun an investigation into TEPCO (the company that owns the Fukyshima nuclear plant) for “charges of professional negligence resulting in death or injury.” (Here)

And because I find the tsunami endlessly amazing here is a link to  footage a Japanese Coast Guard ship shot as it crossed the tsunami.  The wall of water is impressive. (Here)

In other news:  Pictures of new 100 mile oil slick near Louisiana.

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14 comments

  • I had no idea bananas had a small amount of radiation in them. Non-scientist that I am, I didn’t know potassium (which bananas have) had radiation in it, too. And here I am, taking potassium pills and eating bananas. Also completely amazed that concrete and bricks etc also emit radiation.

  • I had no idea bananas had a small amount of radiation in them. Non-scientist that I am, I didn’t know potassium (which bananas have) had radiation in it, too. And here I am, taking potassium pills and eating bananas. Also completely amazed that concrete and bricks etc also emit radiation.

  • Fiance here: Granite does too….you know…all those granite counter tops everyone has been going nuts over.

  • Fiance here: Granite does too….you know…all those granite counter tops everyone has been going nuts over.

  • Hey, what about sleeping in bed with another person? That was a new one on me. I’m betting if they ate bananas cut on a granite counter top, they’re even more likely to give off radiation;> We’re doomed.

  • Hey, what about sleeping in bed with another person? That was a new one on me. I’m betting if they ate bananas cut on a granite counter top, they’re even more likely to give off radiation;> We’re doomed.

  • Thanks so much for bringing us this graphic, Kym.

  • Thanks so much for bringing us this graphic, Kym.

  • Bipartisan foolishness:

    “President Barack Obama’s proposed 2012 budget includes about $2 billion for renewable loan guarantees and $54 billion for the nuclear industry. The $6 billion appropriated for renewable loan guarantees in the Recovery Act has been whittled down in recent years to $2.5 billion, with considerable money not yet fully committed. Republicans are trying to go even farther than Obama, eliminating the Recovery Act funds (Section 3001 of HR 1) as well as the ongoing renewable loan guarantee program (Section 1425), while agreeing with Obama’s risky nuclear push.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/2011/03/20/markey-gop-nuclear/

  • Bipartisan foolishness:

    “President Barack Obama’s proposed 2012 budget includes about $2 billion for renewable loan guarantees and $54 billion for the nuclear industry. The $6 billion appropriated for renewable loan guarantees in the Recovery Act has been whittled down in recent years to $2.5 billion, with considerable money not yet fully committed. Republicans are trying to go even farther than Obama, eliminating the Recovery Act funds (Section 3001 of HR 1) as well as the ongoing renewable loan guarantee program (Section 1425), while agreeing with Obama’s risky nuclear push.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/2011/03/20/markey-gop-nuclear/

  • j.Marko Nottell

    really enjoy your reads-am a tad troubled-a special lady friend came over last night, with bananas as a suppose snack item-just when one thinks all be well-

  • j.Marko Nottell

    really enjoy your reads-am a tad troubled-a special lady friend came over last night, with bananas as a suppose snack item-just when one thinks all be well-

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