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Perspective on the Japanese Reactors

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Sanity from a Jerry Pournelle:

I am getting weary of the breathless panic in the media including Fox News. For some it’s ignorance. For others it’s simply trying to keep the story going. But the truth here is that the situation is not good because it is not going away fast, and given the tsunami devastation around the power plant — including the houses of a number of the plant workers, I would wager — evacuation is difficult. Plant periphery emissions have been high at peak but haven’t been sustained. They will probably spike again. There may be some exposure of people off site, but so far to the best I can get from the numbers, no one off site has received any dosage that would have caused them to be sent home if they worked in the plants.

That ain’t good, but it isn’t being run over by a freight train, and since most of those people live in a devastated flood plain they have a lot more to worry about than radiation exposure. The situation isn’t good, and there will be some more setbacks simply because it is so hard to get into there now, but neither the world nor the Japanese people are in any great danger. Godzilla isn’t going to rise up out of the Godzilla Springs resort…

HT: Instapundit

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