Radioactive Plume Could Hit The U.S. By Friday

Japan Nuclear power plants map

Japan's nuclear power plants

If the quake and tsunami were karma for Pearl Harbor, I guess this is karma for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The New York Times reports:

A United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across the Pacific, and touching the Aleutian Islands on Thursday before hitting Southern California late Friday.

Health and nuclear experts emphasize that radiation in the plume will be diluted as it travels and, at worst, would have extremely minor health consequences in the United States, even if hints of it are ultimately detectable. In a similar way, radiation from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 spread around the globe and reached the West Coast of the United States in 10 days, its levels measurable but minuscule.

The projection, by the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, an arm of the United Nations in Vienna, gives no information about actual radiation levels but only shows how a radioactive plume would probably move and disperse.

The forecast, calculated Tuesday, is based on patterns of Pacific winds at that time and the predicted path is likely to change as weather patterns shift.

Read more here.

Of course, if the reactors melt down such plumes may reach the west coast for a long time.  But fortunately, Obama just said everything will be okay.

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23 Responses to Radioactive Plume Could Hit The U.S. By Friday

  1. Fabian_Ramos March 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    “Whoa son”!

  2. Fabian_Ramos March 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    “Whoa son”!

  3. Yo Mama March 17, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    Hey Chicken Little, there’s hardly a danger of radiation in Japan, much less here. Read: http://plainenglishnuclear.blogspot.com/2011/03/yet-another-japan-reactor-post.html#more

    • ConspiracyExaminer March 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

      You would be a truth hater! Who, in their right mind would hate truth? Weird!

  4. Yo Mama March 17, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Hey Chicken Little, there’s hardly a danger of radiation in Japan, much less here. Read: http://plainenglishnuclear.blogspot.com/2011/03/yet-another-japan-reactor-post.html#more

  5. grooveboss March 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    well if true its time for the US to send a team to japan from southern california to prevent such a melt down or at least try.

  6. grooveboss March 17, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    well if true its time for the US to send a team to japan from southern california to prevent such a melt down or at least try.

  7. MrPINKi March 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    Just more fear mongering

  8. MrPINKi March 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    Just more fear mongering

  9. celebs4truth March 17, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    You would be a truth hater! Who, in their right mind would hate truth? Weird!

  10. celebs4truth March 17, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    Truth hater!

  11. MoralDrift March 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    This isn’t the end of the world, but this also isn’t the end of this disaster. I’m willing to wager there will be health effects in the US, might take a few years to detect.

    • grooveboss March 17, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

      yeah well its weird that the japanese government let all those villages be built with traditional methods on the coast line, knowing its shores are dangerous. And now they use this disaster to gain more popular support. gross. I guess this is their symbolic phoenix happening

  12. Anonymous March 17, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    This isn’t the end of the world, but this also isn’t the end of this disaster. I’m willing to wager there will be health effects in the US, might take a few years to detect.

  13. DeepCough March 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    Peh. The West Coast won’t feel a damn thing–they’ll be too high to notice.

  14. DeepCough March 17, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    Peh. The West Coast won’t feel a damn thing–they’ll be too high to notice.

  15. grooveboss March 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

    yeah well its weird that the japanese government let all those villages be built with traditional methods on the coast line, knowing its shores are dangerous. And now they use this disaster to gain more popular support. gross. I guess this is their symbolic phoenix happening

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  17. Malkere March 17, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    this is garbage. fear mongering.
    as is anything that mentions pearl harbor or chernobyl.
    “The forecast assumes that radioactivity in Japan is released continuously…”
    but it isn’t being released at all. fleeing Japan on an airplane will expose you to far more radiation than is being detected in Tokyo today/yesterday.

    having said that =/ my company has me scouring the internet to try and find geiger counters, because the Japanese media is a bunch of fear/sadness pushers like every other news group around the world. forget helping the people, coming up with radical ideas to reunite families, or offer tips on how people can help; no let’s show video of people crying, people dying, and horrible tsunami videos nearly a week old over and over and over. NHK finally said they would knock it off because so many parents complained their children were spiraling into depression thanks to the 24/7 fear mongering. Other channels not so willing =/

    you want to know something that releases radiation continuously? try your TV, your cell phone, or the sun.

  18. Malkere March 17, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    this is garbage. fear mongering.
    as is anything that mentions pearl harbor or chernobyl.
    “The forecast assumes that radioactivity in Japan is released continuously…”
    but it isn’t being released at all. fleeing Japan on an airplane will expose you to far more radiation than is being detected in Tokyo today/yesterday.

    having said that =/ my company has me scouring the internet to try and find geiger counters, because the Japanese media is a bunch of fear/sadness pushers like every other news group around the world. forget helping the people, coming up with radical ideas to reunite families, or offer tips on how people can help; no let’s show video of people crying, people dying, and horrible tsunami videos nearly a week old over and over and over. NHK finally said they would knock it off because so many parents complained their children were spiraling into depression thanks to the 24/7 fear mongering. Other channels not so willing =/

    you want to know something that releases radiation continuously? try your TV, your cell phone, or the sun.

  19. Penguinluckybrat March 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    what the hell is wrong with you? you know if that was katma for pearl harbor then what will be the karma for the US nuclear attack to hiroshima .. please think before you write :( because that’s a really sad issue.

  20. Penguinluckybrat March 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    what the hell is wrong with you? you know if that was katma for pearl harbor then what will be the karma for the US nuclear attack to hiroshima .. please think before you write :( because that’s a really sad issue.

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