Nuclear Fallout Map showing 750 Rads to West Coast a Fabrication

First, There has been a run on Potassium Iodine tablets in the western United States.   These sales of Potassium Iodine may be the result of some misinformation being disseminated on the Web and  far right-wing radio programs that offer survival products and supplements as part of their revenue stream.  The folks transmitting the graph have a basic misunderstanding on radiation levels and terms used to relate them. There are those too, who believe what they read on the web without looking for independent sources of information. Then there is that serial forwarder of  Chain e-mails that eventually make it on the Web.

I know of one chain letter (now e-mail)  still going around that Madalyn Murray O’Hair has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take religious music and programs off radio and television.  Even though the Claim was false and O’Hare died in 1995, the FCC still gets signed petitions to stop the action.  The bottom line is check out the information before you pass it on.

To wrap it all up nice and tight, some folks have uploaded videos after hearing about the Fall out alert.

Let me help you all out. Relax! Here is why:

The graph making the rounds that shows radioactive fall-out coming from Japan to the Western United States is shown below.

The graph misrepresents the current situation on the ground and appears to be transmitted for secondary gain other than informing the public of a potential danger.  The Graph uses “Rad” measurements.  The graph states that the West coast of America will receive 750 Rads 7-10 days after the accident that occurred in Japan

If you have listened to NHK (Japan Television and Radio) you have heard the measurements being expressed in Sieverts not Rads.   So how do Sieverts and Rads compare.  This is where I think the Graph is being used to intentionally confuse folks.  In most text books you will not see a side by side Rad, Sievert comparison on a chart.  One will find a comparison with another term the Rem.  100 Rem = 1 Sievert.  So how can one  convert Rads to Rem to get Sieverts?  There is no easy mathematical formula to do that  and that is why the continued use of the rad is “strongly discouraged” by the author style guide of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology

So using the Rad in the chart when Sieverts are being used can only confuse the reader into a conclusion that advances the writers’ agenda. To find out the agenda, Like the all saw goes, especially in Politics,   follow the money.

Just for argument in some cases a 1 Rem has been identified as 1 Rad when 1 Rem x 1(Q) = 1 Rad for  X-rays

To make things easy A Micro Sievert  (µSv)  is 1 millionth of a Sievert.    A milisevert (mSv) is 1/1000 of a Sievert.   1 mSv = 10 rem

Currently at the site the emission maximum is  400 uSV/H  or  0.4 MSV/h or 0.0004 Sv.  The reading can alse be expressed as 40 Millirem or in our 1 mathematical case  40 MilliRads.  Nausea and vomiting generally occur within 24–48 hours after exposure to mild 1000000  uSv (1Sv) doses of radiation.  The chart relates that 750 Rads will pass over the Western United States in 7 to 10 days.  That means that there will be no less than 7.5  Sieverts in America.  That can’t and won’t happen, the  figure in America cannot be higher than the readings at the reactor site.  The graph shows levels that would cause death to nearly everyone in the West Coast.

I think the best way to express exposure levels at the reactor site being 400 usv/h and what exposure levels would look like at certain distances could be compared to a radio station transmitter and a radio receiver.  A local Radio station may put out 5000 watts of power  but by the time it gets to your radio receiver it may be 1 micro-volt a  (very tiny amount of power).   That is why radios have amplifiers.  They need to make that tiny signal loud enough to convert it to sound you can understand.

When I worked at a small radio station we had only 400 watts of  power.   We had to shield everything in the radio room in order to keep the radio frequency out so it would not cause feedback in our system.  That strong signal would cause a mess to our equipment if we didn’t have the radio room shielded.  Each day after work  I would drive home, some twenty miles away, and listen to the station slowly fade away until it was gone. I couldn’t hear my own station when I was off work.  I lived too far away that 400 watts could not make it to my home only 20 miles away.

Like the radio station, The 400 usv/h at the site will fade more and more as you drove away.  The reading  would diminish to nearly unreadable after a set distance from the Reactor.

I am sure that someone who has a science background will mention that my comparison with radio waves and radiation is incomplete as it deals only with Gamma and X-Ray radiation not particles. That is correct,  as with all analogies,   the comparison breaks down with very close comparison,   but the basic idea is the same.  Radiation levels diminish by many factors with distance.

So lets put a rumor to rest, Is radiation from Japan heading to the U.S.? Not a lethal dose like 750 Rads

The Australian Radiation Service has issued this Disclaimer as the Map uses their Logo

DISCLAIMER: Australian Radiation Services is aware of information about radioactive contamination being spread from the Japanese nuclear reactor incident released under the ARS logo and name.  We wish to be clear that this information has not originated from ARS and as such distance ourselves from any such misinformation.

via Australian Radiation Services Pty. Ltd..

Someone had to up the Rads

The Graph we showed was a photo-shopped version of the the original fake that showed on 75 Rad exposure to the Western United States.

I guess 75 Rads didn’t sound deadly enough so they tacked on another zero.  Even Snopes the all knowing rumor checker investigated an e-mail that was touting survival and Potassium Iodide tablets.  They concluded the same – The Graphic is a Fake

Here is a few graphs that relate radiation dosage per incident

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Albert Milliron is the founder of Politisite. Milliron has been credentialed by most major news networks for Presidential debates and major Political Parties for political event coverage. Albert maintains relationships with the White House and State Department to provide direct reporting from the Administration’s Press team. Albert is the former Public Relations Chairman of the Columbia County Republican Party in Georgia. He is a former Delegate. Milliron is a veteran of the US Army Medical Department and worked for Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Psychiatry.

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