Survival in Japan and Nuclear Radiation

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by tsneds, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. tsneds

    tsneds Monkey++

    So we are stocking up on Iodine and Seaweed to go with our survival packs we bought a while ago from quakecare.

    my own opinion, since 1 and 3 blew up, i doubt they have the manpower or equipment to keep both cool enough to prevent meltdown. 6 of the workers were injured on this latest one. if 2 goes, i doubt they will be able to keep any of them cool. there is also a 4, but they havent discussed it at all. wonder if that one even has fuel in it.

    Anyway,staying put for now,IAEA says radiation levels outside the plants are slightly above normal.
  2. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Thanks for the updates...
    Stay out of Harm's Way... and get out when you can...
    Take Care.
  3. RightHand

    RightHand Been There, Done That RIP 4/15/21 Moderator Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I can only second what Bear said.

    Take you of yourself and family.
  4. tsneds

    tsneds Monkey++

    Thank you for all the help and advice. I know one thing,I will not be relying on TEPCO for info:

    TEPCO's Damage Cover-up and Data Falsification
    CNIC - Citizens' Nuclear Information Center

    Also Navy pulled ships

    2nd explosion at stricken Japan nuclear plant - Yahoo! News

  5. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Yeah, they are going to downplay this as much as they can for as long as they can.

    Make no mistake, this is not looking good at all. Get very far away.
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  6. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Pretty clear that's what they have been doing from the start of this... no matter people are saying...

    Yup... imagine when San Andreas, New Madrid and or Yellowstone go... hope that's thousands of years from now.... but I gotta be honest... it would seem like everything points to our turn next.... [boozingbuddies]

    Take Care ... oh and yeah... what Brokor says... get away when you can...
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  7. BAT1

    BAT1 Cowboys know no fear

    The WHO says nuclear radiation will be minimal. That means get out of there! Hope you got some valuable info. Take care.
  8. mysterymet

    mysterymet Monkey+++

    Didn't you say that your wife is preggo? One thing we were taught in our radiation safety training is that young children and more importantly fetus are very vulnerable to the affects of radiation since their bodies are still growing and developing.
  9. tsneds

    tsneds Monkey++

    Yes she is due in a couple weeks so we cannot fly,if I had my own plane we would be gone already but she cannot fly so the biggest thing I need know is something that detects unusual levels of radiation like that nukalert keychain or something similar.
  10. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Just stick close to the local news, and if they Report a Containment Breach, move away from the area, perpendicular to the wind direction, as far and as fast as you can. Score the Potassium Iodide Tabs anywhere you can, and make sure, YOUR WIFE TAKES THEM, at the ADULT Dosage, period. If you are less than 40, you need them as well. Your Little Bundle of Joy, is specifically vulnerable to Active Iodine Poisoning, and it DOES cross the Placental Barrier. MY wife is an RN that specializes in High Risk Labor and Delivery, and she is, as I type, on a Mission, with "Doctors without Boarders" teaching her Skillset to MDs and RNs at Medical Facilities all across Canada. This is her advice to you folks. so good Luck to you from us Alaskan Monkeys.
  11. tsneds

    tsneds Monkey++

    Talking to travelocity and trying to get flight out for tomorrow or next day. Had tickets for late april to return but trying to get them bumped up.
  12. RightHand

    RightHand Been There, Done That RIP 4/15/21 Moderator Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Excellent - Here's hoping it works but I imagine you are one of many. Don't disregard Plan B in case the travel doesn't work out. Bear offered great advice - take it.
  13. tjcole

    tjcole Monkey+

    I couldn't agree more. Me and my family also store gas in NATO Jerry Cans. If you would like more info for the cans let me know i sell them. Stay safe everyone!
  14. tsneds

    tsneds Monkey++

    Got tickets to LA from Singapore Airlines for the 17th!
  15. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Outstanding, T. That flight is a good one, and SIA is a top of the line operation. Just remember, there are no stops for medical emergencies ---.
  16. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Here are the plans for a Kearney fallout meter... it's field expedient but does work...

    PDF version of the plans

    uses common items and is easily built (son built one for a science project...)

    hope this helps...
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  17. RightHand

    RightHand Been There, Done That RIP 4/15/21 Moderator Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I sent him that yesterday by email when he was unable to access the web site
  18. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Where he is located should not be bad for radiation... the fires will put mostly the heavier alpha type radiation into the smoke unless the pile goes critical... most of thjis type contamination can be washed away and will not hurt the family... (unless they eat it) it will also fall out of the atomosphere fairly quickly... Prevailing wind patterns are west to east at this time so most fall out should be in the ocean... This is based upon a few assumptions.... 1. the graphite moderators do not catch fire... 2. any steam vented is vented through the appropiate filters in a controlled manner... 3. info we are getting is accurate..

    Just my guesstimation based on knolwedge garnered the hard way.... ymmv
  19. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Radiation level soars after Japan nuke plant fire

    SOMA, Japan – Dangerous levels of radiation leaking from a crippled nuclear plant forced Japan to order 140,000 people to seal themselves indoors Tuesday after an explosion and a fire dramatically escalated the crisis spawned by a deadly tsunami.

    Radiation level soars after Japan nuke plant fire - Yahoo! News
  20. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    1) That type of plant does not use graphite for moderation, it's water only.
    2) I don't think the filters are operative based on the H2 explosions.
    3) Not a chance.

    If primary containment is indeed breached, we need gentle winds to carry the particulates seaward.

    I am pretty sure that even if the core melts it can't achieve criticality, there are enough reaction poisons in the core that it should not happen. There is a geometric arrangement in the operating core for control purposes, and that arrangement will not survive melting. TMI (granted, a different plant entirely) melted and did not go critical.

    Oversimplified definitions:
    Critical - neutron generation replaced 1 for 1, i.e.,
    self sustaining reaction. Just enough to keep temperature in the core constant.
    Subcritical - not self sustaining, decay heat only (and all other things being equal, cooling off.)
    Prompt critical - Where the neutron population exceeds the ability to control the reaction. Otherwise known as a nuclear explosion.

    Note that water moderated reactors have a neat control feature called "negative temperature coefficient" meaning that as temp in the water coolant rises, the rate of neutron generation drops to hold the temp constant. So,again all else equal, they are stable if the heat is carried off. That same effect works if the water drops and is replaced by steam. BUT!!! Water is a far better heat removal medium than steam. Which means that decay heat will still build up with the potential to melt core materials.
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