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For those of you who seem slow on the uptake... lets break it down.

How much radiation are you exposed to each day?

http://xkcd.com/radiation/

 

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ObbyDobbie

Asked by ObbyDobbie at 2:07 PM on Mar. 20, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I've been wondering about this. thanks for posting!
    ElsaSalsaaa

    Answer by ElsaSalsaaa at 2:09 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • All the links to credited information used are located at the bottom of the page. Just an FYI before someone flips the "This is just cartoon BS" card.
    ObbyDobbie

    Comment by ObbyDobbie (original poster) at 2:10 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • The radiation levels for the people IN and around Japan are TOTALLY different from radiation from the sun, your TV, the microwave, the PC monitor, or an X-ray. Its a totally different type of radiation from what we are exposed to everyday without knowing it or being effected by it.
    vbruno

    Answer by vbruno at 2:13 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • the radiation isnt my concern we get that every day we will b fine as long as its not large amounts of it what im concerned about its IF they cant bring the temp down an the place blows up like a atomic bomb.....
    kelleyplus2

    Answer by kelleyplus2 at 2:16 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • Really, like an Atomic Bomb?
    ObbyDobbie

    Comment by ObbyDobbie (original poster) at 2:20 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • EXCELLENT chart!!


    I found it interesting that living within 50 miles of a nuclear reactor and eating ONE BANANA exposes a person to the SAME AMOUNT of radiation!!!


    Seizes up bunch of bananas on counter...LOL


     

    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 2:57 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • F they cant bring the temp down an the place blows up like a atomic bomb..

    It can not blow like an atomic bomb unless it somehow violates the laws of physics.

    A bomb converts a large part of its U-235 or plutonium into fission fragments in about 10^-8 seconds and then flies apart. This depends on the fact that a bomb is a very compact object, so the neutrons don't have far to go to hit another fissionable atom. A power plant is much too big to convert an important part of its fissionable material before it has generated enough heat to fly apart. This fact is based on the fundamental physics of how fast fission neutrons travel. Therefore, it doesn't depend on the particular design of the plant.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 5:10 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • It isn't very nice or well appreciated to call women "slow on the uptake" just because they may not know the workings of a nuclear facility. That being said, the threat of any type of a nuclear meltdown is a scarey thought all by itself. The damage it does is lasting forever. Look at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.

    foreverb3

    Answer by foreverb3 at 5:18 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • Foreverb3- thank you for illustrating my point.
    ObbyDobbie

    Comment by ObbyDobbie (original poster) at 5:20 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • No one died and federal studies show there have been no long-term health issues for the residents. A Presidential Commission ordered sweeping changes at Three Mile Island .Today, the federal government says it's safe.Many of the same people who experienced the accident as kids still live there as adults.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 5:46 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

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