Harmless radiation could hit U.S. Friday, Atlanta March 28

The world is watching Japan, which, in the wake of a devastating earthquake, is trying to prevent the total meltdown of multiple nuclear reactors.

No one died in the Three Mile Island accident, and it was a lot closer to home than Japan.

There was no perceptible health effect after Three Mile Island's 1979 partial meltdown. And Pennsylvania is a lot closer than Japan.

Escaping radiation from the plants has created an ever-widening evacuation zone.

Will radioactivity from the plants reach the United States? Yes, it appears so. It may even reach Atlanta, but the amount of radiation will be so tiny it won’t affect human health, according to U.S. officials.

“Basic physics and basic science tells us there really can’t be any harm to anyone here in the United States or Hawaii or any territories,” said Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Trace amounts will likely waft over the West Coast Friday, according to this New York Times animation.

WSB radio’s weather guru Kirk Mellish provides info on his blog that indicates the remnants of the radioactive plume could travel the 7,600 miles to Atlanta in 15.9 days.

That means it would be here March 28.

Despite expert opinion that the radiation will have no effect on public health, Americans have bought every Nukepill available.

“People are terrified,” said Alan Morris, president of Anbex Inc., of Williamsburg, Va., in The Washington Post. “We’re getting calls from people who are crying and saying things like, ‘Please. Can’t you help me? Can’t you send me anything?’ ”

12 comments Add your comment

greg

March 17th, 2011
4:23 pm

George Mathis,

Why are you “rapidly becoming a fan of solar power”?

greg

March 17th, 2011
4:26 pm

and why do you keep editing your “article”?

jhon cano

March 17th, 2011
4:38 pm

Enter your comments here

George Mathis

March 17th, 2011
4:43 pm

I am allowed to edit my own blog! I took out the solar power thing because I read about the anti-radiation pills selling out and thought that was more interesting. And I like solar power, hopefully it can improve to the point we don’t need nuke plants.

greg

March 17th, 2011
4:45 pm

interesting….

greg

March 17th, 2011
4:47 pm

lots of awful feedback on facebook for this being posted….

George Mathis

March 17th, 2011
4:58 pm

I am used to awful feedback. I am married.

greg

March 17th, 2011
5:05 pm

and employed by ajc…

DW

March 17th, 2011
6:22 pm

“We’re getting calls from people who are crying and saying things like, ‘Please. Can’t you help me? Can’t you send me anything?’ ”

Probably the same geniuses that want to keep the ban on Sunday alcohol sales and think Obama is a kenyan marxist.

Atom Ant

March 17th, 2011
9:00 pm

I have always though it would be cool to glow in the dark, looks like I’ll finally get to find out.

Alphonso

March 17th, 2011
9:16 pm

Let the paranoid chaos ensue!

Old Geezer

March 18th, 2011
12:32 pm

Those folks in New Orleans have been looking for something to happen so they can get some vouchers from the government and loot a few stores for non-lifesaving items.