Posts Tagged ‘ Japan earthquake ’

Fukushima vs Chernobyl

So the WSJ comes out today with the headline, “Japanese Declare Crisis at Level of Chernobyl”.

Sounds ominous. But if one reads further, it becomes clear that the crisis at Fukushima barely compares to what happened at Chernobyl 25 years ago.

“It is quite different from Chernobyl,” said Mr. Nishiyama. “First, the amount of released radiation is about a tenth of Chernobyl,” he said, adding that while there were 29 deaths resulting from short-term exposure to high doses of radiation at Chernobyl, there were no such deaths at Fukushima.

“At Chernobyl, the nuclear reactor itself exploded,” he said, adding that at the Fukushima plant, the pressure vessel and the containment vessel were largely intact.

And this in the SMH:

Japan said this reflected the initial severity of the crisis and not the current situation.

“This is a preliminary assessment, and is subject to finalisation by the International Atomic Energy Agency,” an NISA official said.

But nuclear industry specialist Murray Jennex, an associate professor at San Diego State University in California, told Reuters the comparison with Chernobyl was wrong.

“It’s nowhere near that level. Chernobyl was terrible – it blew and they had no containment, and they were stuck. [Japan’s] containment has been holding, the only thing that hasn’t is the fuel pool that caught fire,” he said.

And as for Russia’s Zombie apocalypse? It is well worth remembering only 65 people have died thus far as a result of what happened at Chernobyl.

Number of deaths at Fukushima from radiation: 0

Number of people killed by wind power: 78

Coal vs nuclear death ratio? 4000:1



Zombie apocalypse very unlikely

Drat, I just bought a chainsaw.

THE risk of a massive leak of radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant was becoming “significantly smaller,” the government said as the country prepared to take a moment’s silence to mark one month since the March 11 twin disasters.

“The possibility that the situation at the nuclear plant will deteriorate and lead to new leakage of massive radioactive materials is becoming significantly smaller,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said, according to Kyodo News.

“We believe the risk of that has become significantly smaller compared to one or two weeks after the earthquake,” he said, adding that residents in the vicinity of the complex should continue to stay away as a precautionary measure.

Back to what we should have been worrying about the most the entire time – the earthquake and tsunami – and a whole range of stuff (notably safes and/or cash) has washed up on Japan’s shore.

Chillax, California

Big earthquakes are not linked. Just because a big one happens in Japan, doesn’t mean one will happen on the other side of the world.

“If California is ready to go, it’s because California is ready to go,” says Jian Lin, a geophysicist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts. “Not because an earthquake in California would be triggered by Japan.”

Thirty years of study backs that one up.

And remember, Hollywood isn’t going to suffer a zombie apocalypse, either.

Thanks, JM!


No, the radiation at Fukushima isn’t going to kill anyone

So can the zealots quit their fear-mongering already?

Click for full view.

That’s thanks to xkcd, where you can find further information and/or verification.

More on this at WattsUpWithThat and at Bolt’s Palace.

Yes there was a brief spike but everything has settled down now.

Also, here’s a layman’s introduction into radiation. Note, it’s not just the level of radiation but the amount of time one is exposed.

And this:

If we compare the Fukushima plant incident to Chernobyl, the most significant fact relates to acute radiation poisoning. First, 6 sievert (which is the level of ARS) correspond to 6 million microsievert (μSv). At present, levels around the Japanese plant are about 10 μSvh, for now. Only in two or three reading posts along the ring that surrounds the evacuation area (10 kilometres) are levels higher (according to data[3] of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, the highest figure was 80 μSvh at 11.30 am on 16 March at Reading Points 21 and 4). The highest radiation level recorded in Fukushima ([f]or a brief moment at Plant № 3) was 400 mSvh[4] (millisievert per hour). By contrast, at Chernobyl, near Reactor № 4, radiation levels were much higher, around 10,000 / 300,000 mSvh.

Now that 400 number is starting to get on the serious side, but remember, it was only for a very short period of time. And as the graph (from the layman’s guide) below shows, 400 mSv is a long way from causing a zombie apocalypse.

So feel free to relax and/or concentrate on the tsunami victims.



Tim Blair:

BESIDES being clean, modern, reliable and cool, there’s one other good reason to begin an immediate nuclear energy program in Australia.

It might educate people about nuclear power and stop everyone screaming like children when they hear the word “radiation”.

This past week has offered remarkable insights into the irrational panic able to be generated Australia-wide by the R-word. If we could somehow tap that supply – perhaps by forcing nuclear fearmongers to run off their terror in human-scale hamster wheels – we’d have a baseline power source easily the equal of coal. Sadly, many of these fright merchants are among my own 40-plus generation.

Read on.


Alene Composta disagrees.

Man’s best friend

Spot might like this one…

Post-tsunami Japan: Whilst many people are being urged to flee, one loyal dog stands by his mate.


BTW, yes, they were rescued.

PS Still getting a cat, however.

No zombies for YOU!

In light of all the mass media hysteria disaster porn regarding Japan’s zombie apocalypse, Derek Lowe is perhaps worried, albeit for a very different reason.

Ah yes, the potassium iodine pills so many are going bonkers over.

Don’t do that. Don’t do it, for several reasons.

Basically, North Americans, and even folks in Korea, aren’t in any danger of a massive radioactive cloud coming their way, and the pills therefore will do you more harm than good.

Further explanation can be found in comments – explanation from a real expert, not some anti-nuke or Greenpeace activist such as the MSM has been so keen to quote ad nauseum.

If I lived downwind of of the Japanese reactors I would NOT be dosing with KI. Why? Because there has been no release of I-131 that matters and there probably won’t be.

But what about those spikes in radiation levels we’ve been hearing about?

The wildly varying radiation readings on the ground around the plant tell me that they’re measuring noble gas emissions. The isotopes of xenon and krypton. The problem is, these isotopes being gases, they get INSIDE the instruments and cause false high readings. The instruments are calibrated to measure radiation coming from outside the instrument.

That was a problem at TMI and it’s a problem here.

If you’re still worried, go ahead and check the links in full.

Personally, I’m still filled with admiration for the guys at Fukushima. That a 30 year old nuclear power plant “survived” an earthquake many times stronger than it was designed to do so and then copped a tsunami, still without a disastrous meltdown, is testament to just how good nuclear power is when done properly.

As for the MSM?




What would YOU do to prevent Japan’s zombie takeover?

If it’s so bad, Peter Alford, why are you still in Tokyo?

Peter Alford has been The Australian‘s go to guy in Japan when it comes to reports of Japan’s latest.

And here’s his latest about Japan’s nuclear zombie apocalypse.

But he’s still there. Fearless journalism or carpe diem?

%d bloggers like this: