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Mar 15

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Mon, March 14, 2011 -- 8:00 PM ET

"An explosion early Tuesday morning may have damaged the inner steel containment vessel of the No. 2 reactor at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, leading to the wide release of radioactive materials there ..."

It says "may have". However, it does not look good.

"After the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, the NRC detected radioactive iodine in local milk at levels of 20 picocuries/liter,[6] a dose much less than one would receive from ingesting a single banana. Thus a 12 fl oz glass of the slightly radioactive milk would have about 1/75th BED (banana equivalent dose)."


I was just on the Michael Savage radio show 3-14-11 talking about this.
My main message to his millions of listeners across America and beyond was:
Keep calm and carry on! ;-)
A UC Berkeley nuclear engineer called after me and confirmed my position - not to worry too much about radiation hazards in our neck of the woods.
Of course things may change. He says that no containment breaches as yet.
I did not call the show. Michael's producer called me and asked me to come on it as a guest.
I spoke about


"The energy release of an earthquake, which closely correlates to its destructive power, scales with the 3⁄2 power of the shaking amplitude. Thus, a difference in magnitude of 1.0 is equivalent to a factor of 31.6 ( = (101.0)(3 / 2)) in the energy released; a difference in magnitude of 2.0 is equivalent to a factor of 1000 ( = (102.0)(3 / 2) ) in the energy released.[2]"