Reader links. And is France getting more fallout that California? (No.)

Some interesting stuff went up in the last few hours.  MAW linked to a page about America’s #1 tornado killer.  At 695, that’s not going to be broken.  Here’s the link to the top ten

Also from MAW were awesome photos from the Darvaz fire.  Hadn’t seen these.

TrueNorth found an article saying the risk in Europe from Fukushima fallout is “no longer negligible”.

Children up to two years old are the most vulnerable and ingestion of 50 becquerel (Bq) is enough to deliver to the body a dose of 10 mSv, according to the institute.

There’s no way that’s enough for a “body” dose of 10 mSv, or 1 rem.  But since they’re talking about I-131, I’ll assume they mean “thyroid dose”.  Thyroid and body aren’t interchangable.

Radioactive iodine-131 values …0,08 Bq/kg in salad, spinach and leeks in Aix-en-Provence, 0,17 Bq per litre in milk in Lourdes and 2,1 Bq per litre in goats milk in Clansayes.

Those numbers seem much larger than the ones I saw for California on Radnet, and there’s no way France is getting more activity than CA.  Lemme check…

I see 0.152 Bq/l for milk, for L.A. on April 11.  Here, if the link to my search page works.  Rereading the article I see this:

Data for the west coast of the United States, which received the Fukushima radioactive fallout 6-10 days before France, reveals that levels of radioactive iodine-131 concentration are 8-10 times higher

Assuming the comma in “0,17 Bq per litre in milk” is a decimal point, this data doesn’t add up.  Europe is over-reporting or the EPA is under-reporting.  Never discount the possibility of a misplaced decimal point.   

And thanks for the links!


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2 Responses to Reader links. And is France getting more fallout that California? (No.)

  1. Mountainbear says:

    My magic 8ball says… Europe is overreporting. Gut feeling, honestly. Based on personal experience how “well” European media and “leaders” have handled this so far.

    Remember, this is the continent where people protested against nuclear power in the hundred thousands (most of them having no idea why, somebody told them to come) and where political parties milked Fukushima for their own gain, stating that it could happen here, right now.

  2. Mountainbear says:

    And yes, the comma is a decimal point.

    We tend to write decimals like this 1,4 while you Americans usually write 1.4
    Numbers over 1,000 it’s the other way around, at least in the German speaking areas. We write 1.000 instead of 1,000.

    Whoever had this idea needs to be smacked.

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