The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is being moved to Manhattan, Kansas, which is right in the heart of tornado alley.
Amelia Urry at Grist:
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Here are some things that do not mix, in no particular order:
- Spilled gasoline & casually discarded matches
- Peanut butter & mayonnaise/ketchup/mustard/anything not jelly
- Godzilla & any major metropolitan area
- Highly toxic airborne pathogens & TORNADOES
With that last one in mind, it may seem especially strange that the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is being moved from an isolated end of Long Island to Manhattan, Kan. — squarely in the middle of Tornado Alley. Here’s the scoop from Slate:
The United States eradicated foot-and-mouth disease from its borders in 1929. The virus, deadly to livestock, persists in more than 100 countries, though, and travels with ease. It is able to hitchhike on shoes, clothes, and tires. Airborne, it can travel almost 40 miles overland and almost 190 over open ocean.