Radiation Plume Could Reach US By Friday: 5 Ways To Protect Yourself

Nuclear reactors damaged by the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan could cause water-borne radiation plumes to reach the West Coast of the United States as early as Friday, according to predictions by the UN’s Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation.

It’s important to note that the UN, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Japan agree that if radiation leakage is caught up in the ocean currents, it “will be diluted as it travels and, at worst, would have extremely minor health consequences in the United States, even if hints of it are ultimately detectable” (NY Times).

The Treaty Organisation released their predictions to member states on Tuesday, and based their report on weather and current patterns at that time. A shift in weather patterns over the next 24 hours could cause a change in course.

Nevertheless, this unfortunate crisis is far from played out. The next 24 – 48 hours are crucial in Japan’s effort to stop the nuclear fuel rod meltdown. It is entirely unknown whether they will be successful in stopping it.

If you live in the western states or provinces of North America, it is extremely important to be prepared by taking the following actions:

1) Fuel up your vehicle(s) and be ready to hit the road for a possible evacuation (or hunker down if you’re out in the country and feel like you would be safer there).

2) If you plan to stay put, use plastic and duct tape to seal up your windows and doors. This will help protect you from radioactive fallout in the event of a total meltdown.

3) If you plan to evacuate, have a “Go Bag” ready to go at a moment’s notice. This go bag should include a water filter, emergency radio, flashlight, duct tape, emergency knife, spare cash, whatever medical supplies you might need, extra food and water, spare fuel cans and so on.

4) Significantly increase your intake of iodine-containing foods and superfoods starting right now: Seaweeds are a great source. Many stores in California and even Colorado are quickly selling out of all kelp and much of their green foods supplements because people want to counter the effects of radiation naturally.

5) If you have potassium iodide pills (radiation pills), don’t take them yet. Keep them ready to take if and only if a meltdown event occurs and a massive dose of radiation has been released into the atmosphere.

Related Care2 Coverage:
Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Deepens
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6 Important Questions About The Japanse Nuclear Crisis

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86 comments

Sandy M.
Sandy M.4 years ago

After reading all the comments on this article, I weigh them for myself and realize how much we take for granted, and how we Americans love to look the other way and say, "No problem." The fact is, even small doses of radiation are harmful--Including the computers, cell phones, iPads, etc. we use daily, and are now completely co-dependent and addicted to. Sure, a bit more dose of radiation in our food, land and water should be "No Big Deal." It can all be dispelled! Right?
Wake up, America! That's what this Japanese ignorance and neglect of 55 shabby Reactors in one tiny island 10% the size of California has taught us. Let's hope another one doesn't blow up there. Then what would Americans say!?

Manuela C.
Manuela C.4 years ago

I guess people is overreacting a little about this...

Hillary B.
Hillary B.4 years ago

Patricia P: Do you work for the mining industry? You must, because it is not necessary to use these anymore. We can get all our power from wind and solar. They are clean and not at all dangerous. My grandfather was a coal miner, and it is a dirty business. What do you know about that? It is bad for their health, they die in mining disasters, the companies don't protect their workers, they destroy the mountains and pollute the river water that people drink from. Have you forgotten about the gulf oil rig disaster. It isn't close to being cleaned up, if it can truly be. It has polluted the sea life we eat. Natural Gas has set the tap water on fire in upstate NY. Your willful ignorance makes me angry.

Patricia P.
Patricia P.4 years ago

We shold make coal, oil and natural gas last as long as possible, and concentrate on coal mining again.

Athanassia M.
Athanassia M.4 years ago

This is like a fiction movie. But when somebody realizes it is reality it's a great shock. Why the few have to make our lives a nightmare for their profits, everybody knew from the beginning that nuclear energy is the most dangerous and risky one.
Be sure that if something tragic happens this people are ready to leave with their private jets the country and the poor population that stays back has to face the consequences of the acts of an insane oligarchy.

Bart V.
Bart V.4 years ago

This anecdote may or may not apply to a possible situation with fallout from a possible meltdown in Japan. Back in the 1970's while living here in Vancouver, Canada; I remember a incident where I suddenly felt malaise & a tremendous nausea, like I'd never experienced before. I went to see my doctor, & as it turned out; apparently thousands of people throughout the Pacific North-West had the same symptoms. They were attributed to the fact that China has performed an above ground nuclear test, & a very small amount of radiation had drifted across the Pacific. And, if small amounts caused the sick feelings we had at the time; I can't imagine what greater amounts would feel like. I am, however, optimistic that we'll not experience radiation such that would impact health, but it'll make for great material for doomsayers & writers for movie scripts.

Lynnette Bower
Lynnette Bower4 years ago

I think there may be a basis for concern. Governments are very rarely honest about the real situation. Look at the gulf oil leak estimates according to the government then look at the actual amount of leakage. This could get scary.

Claudia McCall
Claudia McCall4 years ago

Just what we need, refugees (read: nuts and flakes) from California coming to breed with, among others, West Virginia people. What a country this will be in twenty years!

All seriousness aside, a "bug-out bag", stocked with the listed provisions, is a good common-sense thing to have packed and ready to go in the event of an emergency. Also, even tho winter is just about over, here is a list of supplies everyone might want to consider stocking in their cars for emergencies, especially getting stuck in your car in winter: a metal coffee can (gotta be metal), pillar candle(s), water-proof matches - these so you can burn the candle in the coffee can to keep warm; flashlight (change batteries when change clocks); spare batteries; blanket; at least one gallon jug distilled water; energy bars, a shovel to dig yourself out if the car gets stuck, a claw hammer (to defend yourself among other things) and a bag of sand, which will function as a weight in the car, and may provide traction if you and your car get stuck in the ice/snow. People may laugh at this list, but it was suggested to me by a State Trooper, who told me how many people die every year, especially in the winter, for lack of these few simple items. Don't forget to change out the perishables!

Alex G.
Alex G.4 years ago

There really isn't anything to worry about here. I mean take some seaweed supplements if you're really worried, they're really healthy for you anyway. It's not going to matter though. We're more than far enough away.

Loo Samantha
Loo sam4 years ago

noted.