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Offline nardthefox

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Re: Japan nuclear - How safe are we?
« Reply #60 on: March 16, 2011, 02:00:00 PM »
Yeah, it's a scary thought. Best to keep updated on the news.

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Nuclear Radiation from Japan...
« Reply #61 on: March 18, 2011, 01:40:13 AM »
So far it doesn't seem to be too threatening to Korea, but with several other nuclear plants being unstable how worried should we be??

anyone else have more info on this?

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Re: Nuclear Radiation from Japan...
« Reply #62 on: March 18, 2011, 09:58:06 AM »
You're fine. Stop watching CNN...

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« Reply #63 on: March 18, 2011, 10:02:22 AM »
Yesterdays news from the Korea Herald (http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20110317000924)

‘Japan radiation crisis unlikely to spread to Korea’
2011-03-17 18:51
Recent explosions at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northeastern Japan will have no serious impact in Korea, experts said in a conference Thursday.

The Korea Green Foundation, a leading environmental group here, held an academic conference on the impact of the deepening nuclear crisis in earthquake-hit Japan.

“Considering the long distance from here and the radiation level is diluted as it spreads, the (Wednesday) explosion of the second reactor unit at the Fukushima plant would not affect Korean people,” said Lee Un-chul, nuclear engineering professor at Seoul National University.

“You don’t need to worry. There is also no need to wear a protective mask now,” he added.

He explained that the early response to the accident at the nuclear power plant could have been better conducted by Japanese officials.

“Even though Japan may be best-prepared for earthquakes, the officials may have difficulties dealing with unpredictable situations,” he added.

Lee Seok-ho, a senior official at the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, also predicted that it is unlikely radiation leaks from Japan would blow to the Korean Peninsula.

“Westerly winds would continue to blow according to the current wind direction and the weather agency’s forecast. There would be no direction shift for some time,” he said.

“We are receiving real-time information from some 70 monitoring machines installed across the nation. If any emergency situation occurs, we are ready to respond to it promptly.”

However, civic group members showed doubts about the Korean government’s preparedness for such a disaster, questioning the safety of nuclear power plants here.

“About the recent accidents in Japan, the Japanese government is presuming the worst situation, while the Korean government is considering the best scenario,” said Yang Lee Won-young, director of energy and climate at the Korea Federation for Environment Movement.

According to her, the Korean government has stocked potassium iodine for 1.25 million people and “Prussian blue” for only 130 people. Both medicines are known to protect against radiation damage.

Jang Jeong-uk, economics professor at Matsuyama University in Japan, pointed out that not enough information about the nuclear power plant is shared with the public.

“Because the information is discussed only among government officials and experts, there is no way for ordinary citizens to access the issue,” he said.


“We are receiving real-time information from some 70 monitoring machines installed across the nation. If any emergency situation occurs, we are ready to respond to it promptly.”

However, civic group members showed doubts about the Korean government’s preparedness for such a disaster, questioning the safety of nuclear power plants here.

“About the recent accidents in Japan, the Japanese government is presuming the worst situation, while the Korean government is considering the best scenario,” said Yang Lee Won-young, director of energy and climate at the Korea Federation for Environment Movement.

According to her, the Korean government has stocked potassium iodine for 1.25 million people and “Prussian blue” for only 130 people. Both medicines are known to protect against radiation damage.

Jang Jeong-uk, economics professor at Matsuyama University in Japan, pointed out that not enough information about the nuclear power plant is shared with the public.

“Because the information is discussed only among government officials and experts, there is no way for ordinary citizens to access the issue,” he said.

“There are more than 100 books in Japan that help non-professionals easily understand nuclear power. But in Korea I could find only three.”

By Lee Ji-yoon (jylee@heraldm.com)

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Re: Nuclear Radiation from Japan...
« Reply #64 on: March 18, 2011, 10:14:37 AM »
It's true. If you want the real news rather read bbc.

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Re: Nuclear Radiation from Japan...
« Reply #65 on: March 18, 2011, 10:34:30 AM »
TO EVERYBODY WORRIED ABOUT THE NUCLEAR CRISIS IN JAPAN:

WE FOLKS IN KOREA ARE FINE. WE ARE NOT CLOSE ENOUGH FOR A PROBLEM. PERIOD.

There is seriously nothing for us to worry about. Quit focusing on yourselves and think about what you can do to help the Japanese who do live in Fukushima. Seriously. You are more likely to get radiated by the sun. Seriously. Radiation is everywhere. If you don't know about it, read about it. Reading the fear-mongoring news isn't where you should get your information. American outlets like FOX, CNN, MSNBC, and the like are useless for information anymore. Yes, the BBC is better, and Al-Jazzira is good too, compared to FOX and MSNBC.

If you are that worried, please learn about it instead of just taking other's advice.

I saw the most rediculous piece of news when I opened Yahoo news 5 min ago. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_us_japanI am American and I am offended that my own people are so stupid that they care more about how they can die rather than how they can prevent death.

If you are worried, worry for the Japanese in Northern Japan. They are the ones that will be hurt, not us. When two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan, did the radiation from the blasts kill thouands or millions of people in Korea? No. Better to think logically than to allow the news to tell you what to think. CRITICAL THINKING guys. Thats what it takes.

To those with a cool head, I apologize. It is true that I am a bit upset that so many people have to ask this. If it was a serious problem for them, they WOULD know.

To all the folks who made it this far into my rant, thank you for your patience and I hope you are knowlegable to know that you can go to the IAEA website and get the official scientist news. Thanks all.

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Re: Nuclear Radiation from Japan...
« Reply #66 on: March 18, 2011, 10:37:15 AM »
Here is the forecast for the plumes path as of March 16th:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/16/science/plume-graphic.html?ref=science

from the NY Times.


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Re: Nuclear Radiation from Japan...
« Reply #67 on: March 18, 2011, 10:47:23 AM »
You're fine. Stop watching CNN...

This is probably the smartest thing anyone has said in a while.  Also, this article sheds an interesting light on the whole situation:

http://blogs.reuters.com/gregg-easterbrook/2011/03/15/japans-real-disaster/

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Re: Nuclear Radiation from Japan...
« Reply #68 on: March 18, 2011, 10:47:27 AM »
You're fine. Stop watching CNN...

^ This.

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Re: Nuclear Radiation from Japan...
« Reply #69 on: March 18, 2011, 10:53:30 AM »
You're fine. Stop watching CNN...

^ This.

Has CNN been saying that Korea will be hit by radiation from Japan? I just took a cursory look at their website and didn't see anything about Korea.

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Re: Nuclear Radiation from Japan...
« Reply #70 on: March 18, 2011, 11:27:16 AM »
CNN is a combination of sensationalist nonsense and people reading Twitter on TV.

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Re: Nuclear Radiation from Japan...
« Reply #71 on: March 18, 2011, 11:31:28 AM »
I'm against this!

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Re: Nuclear Radiation from Japan...
« Reply #72 on: March 18, 2011, 11:36:20 AM »
While all news sits have their issues, CNN was just responding to some americans in western areas who are more worried about themselves than japan.  Just responding to viewers afraid of the radiation spreading out of japan and showing caution toward this own nuclear plants.  There wasn't anything inheritly false in that news article.  TO BE HONEST if you want the real true un altered news, read multiple news websites from different counties and come up with your own viewpoint on the situation.


Wikileaks recently leaked information about japan.  Apparently the IAEA released a memo to japan two years ago saying that this could happen in a catastrophic earthquake and it would be best for them to make preparations for the off chance that it does.  Scientists have predicted that a huge earthquake was due for japan sometime in the next 100 years, guess it happened and the japanese government ignored the memo from the IAEA.  Not that I am saying this was deserved, by all means no, and I pray for the japanese people.  I am just passing info ont hat section.

You're fine. Stop watching CNN...

^ This.

Has CNN been saying that Korea will be hit by radiation from Japan? I just took a cursory look at their website and didn't see anything about Korea.
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Re: Nuclear Radiation from Japan...
« Reply #73 on: March 18, 2011, 01:26:36 PM »
To nearly everyone in this thread: the guy asked a question. Answer it helpfully and constructively, or shut up. Stop yelling at him.

If there were ever an age where we should be skeptical towards what news sources and governments tell us, it's this one. He's trying to find out the common opinion of people just like him.
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Re: Nuclear Radiation from Japan...
« Reply #74 on: March 18, 2011, 01:39:43 PM »
To nearly everyone in this thread: the guy asked a question. Answer it helpfully and constructively, or shut up. Stop yelling at him.

If there were ever an age where we should be skeptical towards what news sources and governments tell us, it's this one. He's trying to find out the common opinion of people just like him.

i agree

And if we could please stop with the "stop caring about yourself and care about someone else" ridiculousness.  It is never wrong to worry about your own well-being so lets stop trying to guilt trip people.

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Re: Nuclear Radiation from Japan...
« Reply #75 on: March 18, 2011, 01:46:54 PM »
Just saw on Yahoo news the headline

"Japan's radioactive particles spread to America"
and then later it states "but they are not thought to be harmful to health". This came from a Swedish official.

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Re: Nuclear Radiation from Japan...
« Reply #76 on: March 18, 2011, 01:54:14 PM »
There is no danger. The chances of a full melt down are very remote and even if that did happen the wind would push the majority of radiation into the Pacific.
The real danger from this 'Nuclear Crisis' (tbh considering the plant was 41 years old, survived a quake 10x stronger than it was designed for and then a Tsunami, things could have been a lot worse) is that it overshadows the human crisis in Japan. 5000 dead and 9500 still missing is shocking.




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Re: Nuclear Radiation from Japan...
« Reply #77 on: March 18, 2011, 02:10:56 PM »
To nearly everyone in this thread: the guy asked a question. Answer it helpfully and constructively, or shut up. Stop yelling at him.

If there were ever an age where we should be skeptical towards what news sources and governments tell us, it's this one. He's trying to find out the common opinion of people just like him.

i agree

And if we could please stop with the "stop caring about yourself and care about someone else" ridiculousness.  It is never wrong to worry about your own well-being so lets stop trying to guilt trip people.

"Please put your own mask on before assisting others." I agree.

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Re: Nuclear Radiation from Japan...
« Reply #78 on: March 18, 2011, 02:22:45 PM »
There is no danger. The chances of a full melt down are very remote and even if that did happen the wind would push the majority of radiation into the Pacific.
The real danger from this 'Nuclear Crisis' (tbh considering the plant was 41 years old, survived a quake 10x stronger than it was designed for and then a Tsunami, things could have been a lot worse) is that it overshadows the human crisis in Japan. 5000 dead and 9500 still missing is shocking.

Very well put.

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« Reply #79 on: March 18, 2011, 03:20:17 PM »
Give the guy a break he was just asking a question.  I think it's great that there are so many scientists on waygook.  I can't believe how lucky i am to have found a true account of the problem in Japan.  I'll will cancel all my BBC news updates and instead read all these accurate posts from people who know so much about the effects of radiation.   

 

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