We've had a couple days off on the jet stream thing, but, that's so about to change on us.
I am pretty damn frustrated with some of the sites I've been relying on. My bullshit detector has gone off the charts there, and have NO faith they are still trying to stick to the truth. I was going to remain silent on it for a while because these people tend to intermittently recover their integrity, but...
when even people given to cut them all the slack in the world say this stuff, I guess I better spit it out myself.
Given the large amount of radioactivity that could be released from the damaged reactors and spent-fuel pools at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi facility, the Japanese government was wise to evacuate residents within a 12 mile (20 kilometer) radius of the reactor site.
Unfortunately, the crisis in not over. Given the uncertainty over future releases, we believe Japan should extend that evacuation zone.
On March 16, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission advised US citizens within a 50 mile radius around the site to evacuate. Despite the US advisory, the Japanese government is still maintaining its current order, which is evacuation only to a distance of 12 miles, and “shelter in place” for those between 12 and about 18 miles from the reactor site. “Shelter in place” means that people are directed to stay indoors and seal their windows and doors.
Our assessment is that the Japanese government is squandering the opportunity to initiate an orderly evacuation from larger areas around the site — especially of sensitive populations, like children and pregnant women. It is potentially wasting valuable time by not undertaking a larger scale evacuation at this time.
I keep looking for fresh satellite images, but those don't seem to be happening just now.
I mean, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum's "helpful" color coded charts now tell us #3's core containment vessel is "Not Damaged" even as they are saying on TV that they have been cooling it with seawater but hope to switch to fresh, except, of course, when it is smoking or steaming, which is practically all the time, and between blasts of raised radiation from it, and two more workers at #3 were rushed to the hospital today...yadda yadda yadda....
Oh, oh, and Tokyo can give their kids tap water again today. It was unsafe for babies yesterday, but today's readings are lower and so, knock yerseff out kids. Now, is that because a million freaked parents are scratching each other's eyes out to get to the bottled water or is that a fact? And even if it is a fact, is what they call "safe" safe for real? Are you going to bathe your baby in it now?