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Japan’s Media Apocalypse: The UN’s Deadly Nuclear Plume

by | 20th, March 2011

JAPAN’S Media Apocalypse: The overworked “Daily Mail Reporter” delivers the headline:

UN predicts nuclear plume could hit U.S. by FRIDAY

That was March 17th 2011. On Friday, no nuclear plume hit the US.

Readers all got:

Japanese have 48 hours to avoid ‘another Chernobyl’.

This is what might have happened at Fukushima:

The United Nations has predicted that a nuclear plume from a crisis-hit reactor in Japan could drift across the Pacific and over the U.S. by Friday.

Who at the UN made that “chilling forecast” about the “quake-ravaged country” faced with a “catastrophic meltdown”?

Some experts say the county has 48 hours to avoid ‘another Chernoblyl’.

Experts? Well, that’s good enough for us.

Radiation from the toxic plume spewing from the reactor is set to hit California and the West Coast on Friday, according to the UN’s Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation. It predicts the plume will head into Southern California and further into Nevada, Utah and Arizona.

Everyone dead by dinner time, then?

While the organisation did not give any further details on the level of radiation to hit the U.S., health officials emphasised that – as with the Chernobyl disaster 26 years ago – most radiation in the atmosphere is set to dissipate throughout its journey over the Pacific.

So. Panic over. Oh, and, the Mail adds:

On Sunday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulator Commission said it expected no harmful levels of radiation would reach the U.S. from Japan given the thousands of miles between the two countries.

Phew!

All the scaremongering to date.



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