[ RadSafe ] Claim from Tokyo Professor that Fukushima is worse than Hiroshima

Maury maurysis at peoplepc.com
Fri Aug 19 12:13:23 CDT 2011

Great jumpin' butterballs! I'm being inundated by disillusionment -- 
here all these years I thought we were special -- that we had been 
'nuked' 65 years ago -- and now you tell me it was nothing ... oh, the 
indignity of it all ... sigh ....
Maury&Dog [MaurySiskel maurysis at peoplepc.com]


On 8/19/2011 11:40 AM, georgestanford1 at comcast.net wrote:

Comparisons of "radiation released" are meaningless. There's a 
widespread misconception that the radioactive fallout from Hiroshima had 
a major impact on local health, but it did not. The radioactive material 
from the Hiroshima bomb affected probably nobody at all, the reason 
being that the explosion was an "air burst," as they say in the trade -- 
an explosion whose fireball did not touch the ground. The damage at 
Hiroshima was caused by blast, fire, and the one-time burst of gamma and 
neutron radiation. There was virtually no local fallout. All the 
radioactive fission products were vaporized and carried upward in the 
mushroom cloud, to spread around the world in the upper atmosphere. When 
eventually they came back down as "global fallout," they were so dilute 
that nobody's dose was significantly increased over background. To 
produce local fallout, you have to have a "ground burst," which 
vaporizes a lot of extra material that gets incorporated in the mushroom 
cloud and soon condenses, contaminated with fission products. The heavy, 
now-radioactive particles soon fall back down, creating a radioactive 
environment. That did not happen at Hiroshima. There was no mushroom 
cloud from Fukushima, of course, so whatever radioactivity was released 
stayed close to the ground, with some of it deposited locally. It's 
irrelevant that the number of curies of radiation in the damaged 
Fukushima reactors was undoubtedly much greater than in the Hiroshima 
bomb's fission products. How much of it left the plant, I wouldn't know. 
-- George Stanford Reactor physicist, retired For replies, please use 
<gstanford at aya.yale.edu>.

  ----- Original Message ----- From: "Roger Helbig" <rwhelbig at gmail.com> 
To: radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu Sent: Friday, August 19, 2011 6:31:46 AM 
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Claim from Tokyo Professor that Fukushima is worse 
than Hiroshima The following put out by the ultra-left Citizens for 
Legitimate Government sounds preposterous 

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