radiation misinformation and the plume

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Well perhaps it is not misinformation but instead a reflection of the fact that even experts really do not know what will happen with all that radiation that was, and continues to be, released in Japan.

Just now I was reading an article about how the iodine and cesium travel through the food chain, through air, land and sea, and how often unpredictible it is to determine where the potential problems may lie. Milk, spinach, there was even mention that Alaskan salmon could be affected should the cesium travel, mostly in the muscles of fish just as mercury does, along the current which runs from the coast of Japan across the Pacific and into the Gulf of Alaska. “Vigilance is crucial,” one expert quoted said, “because problematic levels of radiation could turn up unexpectedly.”

As I was reading that very line a teaser graphic slid across my screen which contained a link to another article in the same publication. It read “Radiation over U.S. is Harmless, Officials Say.” Don’t worry, they say, even though “fresh” radioactivity has been detected as far away from its source as in Charlottesville, Virginia. And how ironic that this cloud of killer radiation is denominated by the lovely word “plume,” an appropriate word for the feathery way it spreads in our atmosphere as seen by the moving image of its path, here.

I’m not going to be up tossing and turning, but neither will I sit back and relax. The research I’ve done on radioactivity (for my novel-in-progress) of past “events,” added to this recent tragedy only bolster my belief that first of all radioactivity is often frighteningly unpredictible in its paths and effects and that you cannot always believe what the experts officials say.

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2 thoughts on “radiation misinformation and the plume

  1. I have been concerned about how the radiation from Japan will affect us here in the States. I guess too much information is better than none at all (right?)

    1. I don’t think we need to panic, there are probably a ton of other things which are far more likely to kill us already on our own soil (ugh), but the planet is actually quite a small place, so we should all be concerned. šŸ™‚

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