Saturday, November 27, 2010

Could Be Serious

Expats recalled as North Korea prepares for war

"A mass exodus of North Korean workers from the Far East of Russia is under way, according to reports coming out of the region. As the two Koreas edged towards the brink of war this week, it appears that the workers in Russia have been called back to aid potential military operations.
Vladnews agency, based in Vladivostok, reported that North Korean workers had left the town of Nakhodka en masse shortly after the escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula earlier this week. "Traders have left the kiosks and markets, workers have abandoned building sites, and North Korean secret service employees working in the region have joined them and left," the agency reported."

N Korea warns war drills take region to 'brink of war'

Yellow Sea sees high tension ahead of joint drill

Philippines prepares for possible mass evacuation from S.Korea

Indonesians evacuate Korea

I checked my supply of potassium iodide tablets, and because they were several years old I decided to order a couple of bottles for the Mrs and me.
You don't have any on hand you say? Shame. It only costs $10 for a two week supply and in case of a radiation emergency will keep your thyroid from soaking up radioactive iodine:
"One of the most feared consequences of a nuclear reactor accident or nuclear bomb is the release of a radioactive iodine plume into the environment. Radioactive Iodine (I-131) is a by-product of nuclear fission which occurs only within a nuclear reactor or during detonation of a nuclear bomb. What makes radioactive iodine so dangerous is that the body cannot distinguish it from ordinary iodine. As a result, if swallowed (in contaminated food or water), or inhaled (it can remain in the atmosphere for days), it will be absorbed into the thyroid gland (only the thyroid absorbs iodine) and may lead to thyroid cancer, especially in children."


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