Monday, March 14, 2011
Details are sketchy but the latest news from Japan is that the fourth reactor has exploded and is leaking radiation. Hard to say what will happen next. Even the experts are stumped. This is after all uncharted territory. One question I'd like to know is what the radiation levels being released are. I've been hearing 150 milrems per hour. That's from the old method but at least it's a frame of reference.
As they say there's always worse but this is ridiculous. First earthquake then tsunami and now a nuclear disaster. If anything good can come of this it will be a wake up call on preparedness and what to do in a disaster. As we sit here on the west coast on several faults we know it's just a matter of time before we experience a very large quake.
What can we expect?
No Communications (cell phones)
No gasoline (power for the pumps)
Limited access to medical
Something to think about going forward. It's not a matter of if but when this will happen. The Alaska quake of the 1960s had one thing going for us. The population was less than half what it is now.