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  •  Olympic National Park (3+ / 0-)

    Alas, it seems likely that a large disproportion of the trans-Pacific fallout from the nuclear power disaster in Japan will strike the seaward face of this magnificent heritage site as radioisotope laden plumes come ashore in Northwestern North America.  As described by the National Park Service:

    About twelve feet of rain falls each year on the west-facing valleys, sustaining the temperate rain forest. The east side of the mountains lie in a "rain shadow", with only 25 inches of annual rainfall
    Fallout that can carry trans-Pacific distances tends mostly to come down in rainfall. But, if emissions from the disaster site continue to increase, as reports suggest, significant consequences for the entire Pacific Northwest seem unavoidable.  

    "If you are going to tell people the truth, be funny or they will kill you." Billy Wilder 1906 - 2002

    by LeftOfYou on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 06:19:40 PM PDT

    •  OMG! (0+ / 0-)

      Mutant geoducks!

      Just a horrible thought.

    •  I very very very much doubt it (0+ / 0-)

      This sounds like all the scare stories I heard in Tampa during the BP spill---some people here were hysterically hollering that we'd be ankle-deep in oil forever.  I patiently tried to explain that oil decays, that we are really far away, and that it would all break down in sunlight or be eaten by bacteria long before it got this far, so we'd not get any oil washing up at Clearwater Beach (except maybe the same stray tarballs that we get once in a while anyway).

      The radiation from Japan would have to travel over 5000 miles to reach the US coast.  By that time, it will be so diluted and dispersed that it will be barely measurable.  Just like the fallout from Chernobyl. The Pacific Ocean is enormously huge, there is a gargantuan mass of air over it, and we are simply too far away. All those people hoarding iodide tablets in California are just wasting their money.

      Far more likely that it will get here in the food chain through imported agricultural goods.

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