Japan: What Does it Mean For Us? Why Should We Care?
If you have been watching the news, the nuclear and natural crises's in Japan are all over the airwaves. There are many new developments that could affect the United States.
Everyone is curious about who the "Fukushima Fifty" are, and what exactly is being done.
There are 180 workers going into the nuclear plant in fifty-person shifts. They are being exposed to the equivalent of one CT Scan per hour, and are willing to sacrifice their lives. We know few details about them, but do realize that they are the last line of defense against the possibility of Japan facing lethal levels of radiation. Five workers have already died, and two are missing after the tsunami and earthquake. Most of the workers are closer to retirement, placed there because radiation-related cancers arrive later in life, and is it assumed that the exposed workers would likely die of old age first.
In the United States, the fears are outweighing the danger. Currently, there is a shortage of potassium iodide due to fears of nuclear fallout making its way into America. It is important to note, that potassium iodide is not needed now, and the side effects can be very severe. However, if you have a compromised immune system or health issues, then it might be prudent to have the pills on hand in case there is a state of emergency.
If the reactors completely fail, the consequences could be dire. The worst case scenario is predicted to be worse than Chernobyl. With aftershocks being felt as far as Florida, this is a developing case that will be covered. Hopefully, the only news breaks will we receive are positive. Keep your fingers crossed, America!