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  •  Am I the only one who thinks (0+ / 0-)

    that staying indoors to avoid radiation is completely futile?

    •  It's not _completely_ futile (5+ / 0-)

      It's not 100% effective, either, but the walls of a house will stop a significant percentage of the radiation. [What that percentage is, I can't say, but it's a lot more than 0.]

      We don't want our country back, we want our country FORWARD. --Eclectablog

      by Samer on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 09:36:00 AM PDT

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      •  any physical barrier (0+ / 0-)

        provides some protection.

        this is why a lead barrier when you get an xray is effective.

        obviously, we don't have lead walls in our homes, but barriers are effective in reducing exposure.

        gamma rays go through almost everything? but other types of radiation can be reduced.

        any amount of reduction is better than no reduction as radiation damage is cumulative.

        I am awaiting delivery of my new DK4 signature

        by BlueDragon on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 11:43:12 AM PDT

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        Samer

        And remember that biggest threat is inhaling or ingesting contaminants. With the types of reactors here, ground water contamination is going to be the biggest problem, but any contaminants that are airborne will be at much lower concentrations inside than out.

        But basically the best thing to do is to be as far as possible from the zone of contamination.

        Part of the problem here is that with the quake and the tsunami I'm sure this is problematic for some people.

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