Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Similar Temblor Off California Would Cook Us

Japan's Quake Could Have Irradiated the Entire US

"Had the massive 8.9 Richter-scale earthquake that has just savaged Japan hit off the California coast, it could have ripped apart at least four coastal reactors and sent a lethal cloud of radiation across the entire United States.
The two huge reactors each at San Onofre and Diablo Canyon are not designed to withstand such powerful shocks. All four are extremely close to major faults.

All four reactors are located relatively low to the coast. They are vulnerable to tsunamis like those now expected to hit as many as fifty countries.

San Onofre sits between San Diego and Los Angeles. A radioactive cloud spewing from one or both reactors there would do incalculable damage to either or both urban areas before carrying over the rest of southern and central California.

Diablo Canyon is at Avila Beach, on the coast just west of San Luis Obispo, between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A radioactive eruption there would pour into central California and, depending on the winds, up to the Bay Area or southeast into Santa Barbara and then to Los Angeles. The cloud would at very least permanently destroy much of the region on which most Americans rely for their winter supply of fresh vegetables.

By the federal Price-Anderson Act of 1957, the owners of the destroyed reactors---including Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison---would be covered by private insurance only up to $11 billion, a tiny fraction of the trillions of dollars worth of damage that would be done. The rest would become the responsibility of the federal taxpayer and the fallout victims. Virtually all homeowner insurance policies in the United States exempt the insurers from liability from a reactor disaster.

The most definitive recent study of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster puts the death toll at 985,000. The accident irradiated a remote rural area. The nearest city, Kiev, is 80 kilometers away.

But San Luis Obispo is some ten miles directly downwind from Diablo Canyon. The region around San Onofre has become heavily suburbanized.

Heavy radioactive fallout spread from Chernobyl blanketed all of Europe within a matter of days. It covered an area far larger than the United States.

Fallout did hit the jet stream and then the coast of California, thousands of miles away, within ten days. It then carried all the way across the northern tier of the United States.

Chernobyl Unit Four was of comparable size to the two reactors at Diablo Canyon, and somewhat larger than the two at San Onofre.

But it was very new when it exploded. California's four coastal reactors have been operating since the 1970s and 1980s. Their accumulated internal radioactive burdens could exceed what was spewed at Chernobyl."

Japanese Nuclear Meltdown Would Be Hundreds of Times Worse Than Chernobyl


Anonymous greencrow said...

Say, Nolo, whatever happened to those millions of hastily ordered (short shelf life) emergency rations that the EPA ordered a month or so ago?

....on their way to Japan?

What a coinkydynk!

12/3/11 11:17 AM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

I really don't know gc, last I heard the various manufacturers had stopped retail production to fill the massive order.

Been thinking about this quake and of course have to wonder about intention, knowing the reptiles' capabilities. Apparently one of the side benefits for a flat broke empire bent on stealing resources from Libya is a blow to rival economies in Europe. Same might be said for Asia because the only thing they can do at this point is to undermine their rivals when they can, since they have nothing going for themselves anymore. Sheer speculation of course, but they're not really human and are capable of anything these days.
Buy an MRE for $2 and sell it for $3?

12/3/11 3:12 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Has The Tsunami In Japan Destroyed The Japanese Economy?

12/3/11 3:16 PM  
Anonymous greencrow said...

Sorry, I meant "pharmacist" I really don't know what to call an expert on herbal remedies and health food.


12/3/11 5:53 PM  
Anonymous greencrow said...

Nolo, did my earlier post get lost?


12/3/11 6:01 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

I don't know gc, was there something about herbal remedies and health food?
Didn't see it, but I'm extremely interested in information about natural foods inhibiting radiation damage.

14/3/11 4:30 PM  
Anonymous greencrow said...

Hi Nolo:

Yes, I typed a long post about buying some spirulina from a Health Food's seaweed and the guy said it doesn't have the side effects of iodine...he also said it was flying out of the store.

I posted it and it suddenly was zapped.

Here's the Elephant in the Livingroom, IMO:


14/3/11 10:25 PM  

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