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Radiation Reaches East Coast, Could Cause Burns!

As the Japanese government is struggling to take back control of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, residents of the East Coast of the United States are now under a standing advisory to take precautionary measures to protect themselves from the harmful health effects of radiation.

burning solar rays reach east coastThough it comes from far away, radiation of the sort that the United States will experience today have been known to cause serious, painful burns, and even death in some cases. The radiation is expected to first strike Miami, Florida at 7:09 AM. Radiation levels are expected to peak at about noontime, and then diminish throughout the rest of the day.

Government officials have emphasized that short bouts of exposure to the radiation are not likely to cause permanent harm. However, repeated exposure can lead to cancers in the long term, and exposure for periods over one hour may cause burns, the peeling away of skin, and even permanent genetic damage, especially in southern parts of the United States, where the radiation is expected to be the most intense.

Americans can minimize the negative effects of this radiation by wearing protective hats and glasses, and using ointments that shield the skin from radiation. In a worrisome development, however, some Americans are expected to purposefully expose themselves to the radiation in order to alter their appearance – some even describing themselves as radiation “lovers”, soaking up the radiation to bring on a temporary mood enhancement.

7 comments to Radiation Reaches East Coast, Could Cause Burns!

  • Tom

    and of course, there’s this dramatic “denier fail” at the climate hearings:

    http://www.good.is/post/scientist-beloved-by-climate-deniers-pulls-rug-out-from-their-argument/

  • Phlipn Pagee

    At best the article is in poor taste at worst in only serves to down play the severity of the Fukushima Disaster. I don’t find your report of radiation exposure as humorous but rather smart-assed and foolish. All forgiven though for the occasioanlly insightful and useful dribble from irregular times. You can do better than this… How about a report on Godzilla? While humorous that could get real offensive.

  • P.P., you know what I think is in poor taste? I think it’s in poor taste for people to hype up the radiation risk by talking about how extraordinarily tiny trace amounts of radiation from Japan are being found in raindrops falling on the United States, and pretending that it’s putting us in peril. I don’t deny that things are remarkably bad around the Fukushima nuclear power plant right now, but reporting on the problem, and fearmongering about supposed health effects here in the United States, have become ridiculous. I certainly DO wish to downplay that aspect of the Fukushima story. I’d like to see more balanced and fact-based reporting about what radiation is, and the many sources of it that exist, included in the Fukushima story.

    I admit to being smart-assed and foolish. No argument from me there.

  • GeekFinallyHadEnoughofLoudmouthedIdiotsEndangeringUsAll-ThankUVeryMuch

    Wow, you are such an idiot.. At least I hope so, because the alternative is despicable. Not informing Americans of the true risks to them from Fukushima, if you really understand them, amounts to being complicit in murder. When innocent American start dying of cancer, you’d better commit your life to doing what you can at that point to undo what harm you are doing now.

    • Whoah. Everyone who doesn’t run around warning Americans that they’re in danger because of radiation from Fukushima is complicit in murder?

      Do you know how many Americans are not warning other Americans about the danger? Probably at least two thirds. Two thirds of Americans are complicit in mass murder. Hm. I don’t think so, GeekF…

      Or, is what you’re worried that I’m putting the radiation from Fukushima in a context that will lower Americans’ alarm, thus allowing insidious radiation to leak through our borders? Can you tell me how it would help to protect the United States from radiation if more people freaked out? I was not a science major in college, so I don’t understand the physics of how loud expressions of anxiety can repel atomic radiation. Is it a higgs boson thing, or something?

      You want people to avoid the rain. Does the radiation that’s coming down in the rain disappear when it hits the ground and the water dries up, making it okay to walk on the sidewalk after the rain is gone, or am I going to get toe cancer unless I wear shoes with lead lining?

      You claim to be a “Geek”, so can you explain to me just how much radiation from Japan is reaching the United States per day, in comparison to the amount of radiation from the sun per day?

  • GeekFinallyHadEnoughofLoudmouthedIdiotsEndangeringUsAll-ThankUVeryMuch

    PS: For anyone in North America who cares about their own health or their loved ones’, please,

    – Avoid the rain.
    – Avoid North American milk.
    – Live life to the fullest, you’ll never regret it no matter what :)

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