March 13, 2011

Japan: USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Crew Said to be Exposed to Radiation

NYTimes

The Pentagon was expected to announce that the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, which is sailing in the Pacific, passed through a radioactive cloud from stricken nuclear reactors in Japan, causing crew members on deck to receive a month’s worth of radiation in about an hour, government officials said Sunday.

The officials added that American helicopters flying missions about 60 miles north of the damaged reactors became coated with particulate radiation that had to be washed off.

There was no indication that any of the military personnel had experienced ill effects from the exposure. (Everyone is exposed to a small amount of natural background radiation.)

Time for them to pop some Iodine and what ever the hell else they put in the pills to protect against thyroid cancer. App 150 Japanese people have also been exposed, some had to be washed down to remove the radiation. Let's hope a simple pill will fix this.

I've seen images of those checking residents for radiation. They are not fully suited up, if they were then we should worry:

Japan Earthquake_radiation_workers.jpg

Also, some worry how far the cloud will carry radioactive material:

But the episodes showed that the prevailing winds were picking up radioactive material from crippled reactors in northeastern Japan. Ever since an earthquake struck Japan on Friday, the authorities worldwide have been laying plans to map where radioactive plumes might blow and determine what, if any, danger they could pose to people.

Blogs were churning with alarm. But officials insisted that unless the quake-damaged nuclear plants deteriorated into full meltdown, any radiation that reached the United States would be too weak to do any harm.

h/t tweet from G

UPDATE: A second explosion has hit the nuclear plant in Japan which was damaged in Friday's earthquake, but officials said it had resisted the blast

TV footage showed smoke rising from Fukushima plant's reactor 3, a day after an explosion hit reactor 1.

Japan's nuclear safety agency said the blast was believed to have been caused by the build-up of hydrogen.

However, the agency said it could not confirm whether there had been an uncontrolled leak of radioactivity.

Take those iodine pill thingies people.

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