As you have been watching the news and the spreading Radiation and panic Japan you may feeling a bit concerned. Now I’m not trying to minimise the danger but the Media is hyping this for rating as if the truth is not bad enough.
I’m not a Nuclear engineer but I was an NBC NCO for 13 years so detecting and protecting against nuclear contamination was my job. So I can’t explain why the plants are melting down I can tell you how to protect yourself. I think the danger to the USA is minimal at this time, but getting some equipment together will help you prepare for a “Dirty Bomb” or a Nuclear Bomb if used by a “rogue nation” or terrorists.
Most of the problem is that the rods are burning and can not be kept cool so the radition continues to be released. Whereas a bomb has one huge release at the time of explosion and decays pretty quickly over a 2 week period.
“Dr. Akira Tokuhiro is a professor of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Idaho. He says the situation is under control.
“Yeah, it is alarming to hear this news, but from the nuclear engineers point of view, I’m not too worried,” said Tokuhiro.
Tokuhiro explains what caused the explosions. He compares the nuclear reactors to the engine in your car, and says just like a car engine, the reactors have to be cooled. But when the earthquake hit, it cut off the power needed to pump water to cool the reactor’s core, which caused the reactor to overheat, which caused hydrogen to build resulting in an explosion that blew the roof off the building.
Tokuhiro says, despite the explosion, the reactors are still contained and protected. Teams are now working on keeping the reactor cool using ocean water.
“You have a team of experts, you have an emergency responder team there, these are experts and people who are trying to do their best to manage the cooling of whatever state the fuel in the reactor is in,” said Tokuhiro.
Our viewers want to know if there is any possibility of the radiation reaching Idaho. Tokuhiro says even if there was a complete nuclear meltdown, only those near the nuclear plants would suffer significant exposure.
“If I was in Idaho, I would not be worried, you’re thousands of miles from Japan,” said Tokuhiro.
The actual radiation exposure in the areas around the nuclear plant sites seems to be quite low.
To put it into perspective, the radiation released from the explosions has been measured at less than 10 percent of a typical chest X-ray.
Exposure to workers in the reactor building itself has been much higher.
If you a really concerned get some heavy Duty Plastic, Duct tape, and some N95 masks. You can seal up your windows and doors. The N95 mask can prevent inhaling contaminated dust. Store water inside a gallon per day per person.
If you heat with Central Air, you might get a couple of space heaters. Because in you’ll need to block off air vents and turn off the central air furnace. I can tell you these items will be useful in any disaster.