Modified version of original post written by Josef Oehmen (via MIT NSE Nuclear Information Hub (

Posted: March 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

I hope this clears up misunderstandings on the nuclear aspects of the Japan tsunami crisis. The nuclear leaks have implications, but they are not as bad as many make them out to be. It is just like disease. No diseases are good, but not all of them will kill.

The worst BS I’ve come across yet was this HOAX sms going around that read something along the lines of “BBC has confirmed there was a nuclear blast 4.30pm Sunday in Fukushima, Japan… If it rains in the next few days, DO NOT GO UNDER THE RAIN. If you get caught, you will suffer burns, alopecia or even cancer as radioactive particles are in the rain. Stay indoors. The winds will first blow the rain to Philippines, then Singapore”. It was probably composed by some reclusive depressed person with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and resents people being outside and happy.

Josef explains that Japan uses Uranium pellets in their reactors. These are quickly combusted and do not have as wide radiation effects as other nuclear energy sources. Official BBC news reported that Japan authorities merely advised people to keep a 30km distance from the plants.

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