Surgeon general to west coast: Hey, might be worth stocking up on iodide; Update: All Japanese workers evacuated after radiation levels rise

posted at 8:37 pm on March 15, 2011 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Surgeon general freaks out entire western half of the country.”

State and county officials spent much of Tuesday trying to keep people calm by saying that getting the pills wasn’t necessary, but then the United States surgeon general supported the idea as a worthy “precaution.”

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin is in the Bay Area touring a peninsula hospital. NBC Bay Area reporter Damian Trujillo asked her about the run on tablets and Dr. Benjamin said although she wasn’t aware of people stocking up, she did not think that would be an overreaction. She said it was right to be prepared…

Santa Clara County’s public health officer Dr. Martin Fenstersheib told the Mercury News he also does not recommend getting the tablets, adding some people can be severely allergic to the iodine.

Much as there was with Cipro after the anthrax attacks in 2001, there’s now a full-fledged run on iodide tablets across the U.S. and online. One key difference, though: Anthrax was, at least, a genuine domestic problem for a few weeks. Energy secretary Steven Chu said at a hearing today that there’s “essentially no concern” about health risks to the west coast given how heavily dispersed any radioactive concentrations would be by the time they floated over from Japan. So confident is the White House about this, in fact, that The One himself insisted tonight on camera that both the west coast and Hawaii are in the clear. Think about that. Nowadays, the only topics about which he’s willing to offer a firm opinion are bullying (he’s against it) and the NCAA tournament (he’s in favor). If he’s willing to say out loud that there’ll be no death cloud descending upon Los Angeles, take it to the bank.

As I write this, the latest news from Japan is that reactor number four is once again on fire. As long as it burns, presumably two things are happening. The containment vessel is heating up and therefore turning sea water into steam even more rapidly than before, raising pressure inside the vessel. And, possibly, the spent fuel rods on the roof are in greater danger of boiling over and melting down, triggering a much greater release of radiation. Sounds like the latter, at least, hasn’t happened, as the LA Times claims radiation levels declined overnight after soaring earlier.

As for the 50 workers still on the scene still trying to shut Pandora’s box, it’s as bad as you think.

Update: The worst-case scenario might finally be upon us. News broke at around 10 p.m. ET of new smoke coming from Japan’s nuke plant. A Japanese official called a press briefing a few minutes and apparently said that they think it’s coming from … the containment vessel at reactor number three. If the vessel’s been breached then radiation levels should start rising — and sure enough:

Mr. Edano said radiation readings started rising rapidly Wednesday morning outside the front gate of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. “All the workers there have suspended their operations. We have urged them to evacuate, and they have,” he said, according to a translation by NHK television.

To make a terrible situation even worse, reactor number three is the one that uses “MOX” nuclear fuel, which includes reprocessed plutonium. According to a Times story published last night, “Any radioactive plume from that fuel would be more dangerous than ordinary nuclear fuel, experts say, because inhaling plutonium even in very small quantities is considered lethal.”

Update: A reporter for the Times says that a “core” group of workers is still at the plant. Read this story to understand what they’re facing right now.


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canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Time for your nuclear shelter.

As for me, I’m going to enjoy the nice sunshine and feast on crabs and shrimp from the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

Kermit on March 15, 2011 at 10:17 PM

The Surgeon General should be demoted… what an idiot…

O/T (sort of): Mark Levin has a primer on all things Japanese reactors tonight on his show… He is going to post it on his web site…

Khun Joe on March 15, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Surgeon general to west coast:

Hey, lets start looting!

dmann on March 15, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Some knuckleheads were buying $12 Iostat iodine packs for $600 on ebay today.

Peter_P on March 15, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Some knuckleheads were buying $12 Iostat iodine packs for $600 on ebay today.

Peter_P on March 15, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Not me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Knucklehead on March 15, 2011 at 10:45 PM

WOW
====

Photo of reactor 3 and 4

http://epcan.us/jlab-ep/s/ep88140.jpg

canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Mark Levin just read a report from the Japanese government that they have everything under control and that a melt down is unlikely.

The Vulture Media strikes again.

jawkneemusic on March 15, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Photo of reactor 3 and 4

http://epcan.us/jlab-ep/s/ep88140.jpg

canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 10:45 PM

403 Forbidden ,,,

gh on March 15, 2011 at 10:48 PM

canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 9:47 PM
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Time for your nuclear shelter.

As for me, I’m going to enjoy the nice sunshine and feast on crabs and shrimp from the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

Kermit on March 15, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Kermit:I support Nuclear anything,and I`m on the north east
ern part of Lake Superior,me..no..worried!:)

canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Dennis Kucinich on Sgt. Shultz’s show warning of earthquakes and tsunamis on Lake Eerie = shut down all US nuclear power plants. Seriously.

Marcus on March 15, 2011 at 10:48 PM

I`m on the north east
ern part of Lake Superior,me..no..worried!:)

canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Why did I think you were in Toronto?

gh on March 15, 2011 at 10:49 PM

NHK – Worker operations suspended due to radiation.

sharrukin on March 15, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Photo of reactor 3 and 4

http://epcan.us/jlab-ep/s/ep88140.jpg

canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 10:45 PM
403 Forbidden ,,,

gh on March 15, 2011 at 10:48 PM

gh:Try this from Reuters,go to their site and click it,let
me know!:)
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Photo of Reactors 3 and 4

epcan.us
comment by Jake via Epcan.us at 3/16/2011 2:33:12 AM10:33 PM

http://live.reuters.com/Event/Japan_earthquake2

canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Correspondent for NYT:

Contrary to some reports, a core group of workers remain at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. It is not abandoned.

amerpundit on March 15, 2011 at 10:51 PM

NHK – Worker operations suspended due to radiation.
sharrukin on March 15, 2011 at 10:50 PM

sharrukin:Yup,Live Press conference coming!:)
=================================================

http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv43386411

canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 10:52 PM

http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv43386411

canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 10:52 PM

Thanks for that, but I hope they have English subtitles.

sharrukin on March 15, 2011 at 10:55 PM

canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 10:52 PM

Oh, its in English. Excellent.

sharrukin on March 15, 2011 at 10:56 PM

canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Yes that works. I had a look at the link (view image; properties) and I think they have some image-protection stuff in there.

Crappy photo though. A picture of Sendai from a US aircraft if you scroll down.

gh on March 15, 2011 at 10:56 PM

Benghazi: men.
Fukushima: men.
600 Penn.: paramecium.

AshleyTKing on March 15, 2011 at 10:58 PM

My bunker is radiation proof, I’m selling places inside for $5,000. It used to be $12.50 and a bottle of Thunderbird, but times have changed.

Bishop on March 15, 2011 at 10:59 PM

AshleyTKing on March 15, 2011 at 10:58 PM

What did the FTC ever do to you to deserve such disrespect?

Christien on March 15, 2011 at 11:04 PM

From Drudge
===================================================

BAIL: NUKE WORKERS ABANDON PLANT

canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 11:04 PM

My bunker is radiation proof, I’m selling places inside for $5,000. It used to be $12.50 and a bottle of Thunderbird, but times have changed.

Bishop on March 15, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Bishop:I will follow your HD`s oil trail to your hideout,
hahahahaha,ahem,:)

canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 11:08 PM

What did the FTC ever do to you to deserve such disrespect?

Christien on March 15, 2011 at 11:04 PM

Federal Trade Commission? Nothing.
Duffer-in Chief? Nothing lately.

AshleyTKing on March 15, 2011 at 11:09 PM

Benghazi: men.
Fukushima: men.
600 Penn.: paramecium.

AshleyTKing on March 15, 2011 at 10:58 PM

AshleyTKing on March 15, 2011 at 10:58 PM
What did the FTC ever do to you to deserve such disrespect?

Christien on March 15, 2011 at 11:04 PM

1600 Penn., of course.

churchill995 on March 15, 2011 at 11:11 PM

canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 10:52 PM

Oh, its in English. Excellent.

sharrukin on March 15, 2011 at 10:56 PM

sharrukin:Anytime,heres another!:)

http://jibtv.com/program/?page=0
==================================

Tepco Cam Camera of reactor 4,but it seems to have a
snafu!

The gazebo outside the premises of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, including the first panoramic view of Fukushima city Ookuma, Futabachō,

The second addition Fukushima, also overlooks Hirono thermal power. The Observatory, 16 at 09:00 for 30 minutes,
Is open to the public. Come and visit you, please enjoy the view from the observatory.

http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/f1-np/camera/index-j.html

canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 11:14 PM

“Any radioactive plume from that fuel would be more dangerous than ordinary nuclear fuel, experts say, because inhaling plutonium even in very small quantities is considered lethal.”

Nuclear fuel in every commercial reactor in Japan and America for that matter contains plutonium. The damned reactor makes the stuff when it’s running! How can it be worse? What a bunch of horseshit!

Oldnuke on March 15, 2011 at 11:14 PM

Bishop:I will follow your HD`s oil trail to your hideout,
hahahahaha,ahem,:)
canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 11:08 PM

You better hope you’re following the real trail and not the decoy, that one leads straight into a punji-stake pit. Good luck.

Bishop on March 15, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Duffer-in Chief? Nothing lately to merit my respect.

AshleyTKing on March 15, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Anyone care to venture a guess on the IQ of Surgeon General Regina Benjamin?

sartana on March 15, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Vulture Media.

jawkneemusic on March 15, 2011 at 11:26 PM

canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 11:08 PM
===========
You better hope you’re following the real trail and not the decoy, that one leads straight into a punji-stake pit. Good luck.

Bishop on March 15, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Bishop:Haha,nice come back…pointy sticks!:)

canopfor on March 15, 2011 at 11:35 PM

Now it is snowing on the Japanese survivors. Might be a tough night.

AZCON on March 15, 2011 at 11:35 PM

0208 : South Korea says it will send some 50 tonnes of its boron reserves to Japan after a request from Tokyo, Reuters reports. The metalloid is vital for stopping fission nuclear reactions in nuclear reactors

Ok, nukeheads, is this fact? Boron will help? If so how many do we have sitting around waiting on Barry to “consider the options”?

Limerick on March 15, 2011 at 11:49 PM

http://www.eoearth.org/article/Boron
Seems there are three main sources….Turkey, Russia and the good ol USA.

Are you awake, Bueller? Bueller?

Limerick on March 15, 2011 at 11:51 PM

0349: Japan says it is ready to ask the US military for help in battling the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant, the AFP news agency reports.

The phone is ringing, Barry. It isn’t quite 3am yet so pick the damn thing up.

Limerick on March 15, 2011 at 11:55 PM

I just had somebody stop by my house and suggest I run out and buy Iodine to save me from the radiation.

I am in Nebraska.

This is nuts. Is there no leadership in this country?

cntrlfrk on March 16, 2011 at 12:01 AM

cntrlfrk on March 16, 2011 at 12:01 AM

He couldn’t lead a parade if he was stood up in front of it.

Limerick on March 16, 2011 at 12:03 AM

I just had somebody stop by my house and suggest I run out and buy Iodine to save me from the radiation.

I am in Nebraska.

This is nuts. Is there no leadership in this country?

cntrlfrk on March 16, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Well you do have two nuclear plants in NE maybe they figure it’s contagious?

whbates on March 16, 2011 at 12:08 AM

Ok, nukeheads, is this fact? Boron will help? If so how many do we have sitting around waiting on Barry to “consider the options”?

Limerick on March 15, 2011 at 11:49 PM

Pretty sure the Japs have all the boron they will need right now. What they need is fresh trained operators to help them operate the plant. Hopefully we will volunteer plenty of folks to help. I read the Russians sent almost 600,000 conscripts through Chernobyl to finally get it covered up, each man spending only a few minutes in the highly radioactive areas. With that much brute force manpower they got the core covered and the fire out, and lost only 33 of the toughest Men in the world. Another 110 or so had major medical problems for the rest of their lives. Those were the first responders. The other 600,000 dug tunnels to get close to the core and then use machines and brute force to bury it and build the sarcophagus over it.

And they say Man can’t achieve everything……..

We never really know Man, do we? Iron will, and the hand to wield it can accomplish lots of things previously thought impossible.

Subsunk

Subsunk on March 16, 2011 at 12:10 AM

If morons in the US will buy iodine tablets like this, maybe I can bring back the pet rock. I’ll just say it magically dissipates the radioactivity of the “atomic explosion” that Hannity broke the news on today.

Hiya Ciska on March 16, 2011 at 12:11 AM

0349: Japan says it is ready to ask the US military for help in battling the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant, the AFP news agency reports.
The phone is ringing, Barry. It isn’t quite 3am yet so pick the damn thing up.

Limerick on March 15, 2011 at 11:55 PM

Limerick:I sent it to tips a short while ago!

BTW,were all on the QOTD!:)

canopfor on March 16, 2011 at 12:11 AM

BBC just said a new quake in eastern Japan has occurred and the Japanese Meterological Agency said it is big enough to “possibly change sea levels”.

Looking for confirms. Anyone else just get this?

Limerick on March 16, 2011 at 12:12 AM

BTW,were all on the QOTD!:)

canopfor on March 16, 2011 at 12:11 AM

Oh nooooooooooos. thanks for the heads up. I’ll go check it out.

Limerick on March 16, 2011 at 12:13 AM

BBC just said a new quake in eastern Japan has occurred and the Japanese Meterological Agency said it is big enough to “possibly change sea levels”.

Looking for confirms. Anyone else just get this?

Limerick on March 16, 2011 at 12:12 AM

Limerick:I`m searching,is this it!:)
==========================================

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc00023f3.php

canopfor on March 16, 2011 at 12:19 AM

This is suppose to be the nation’s top doctor and she is a quack. Even most people in Japan should not be taking large amounts of iodine and she is implicitly encouraging it for people on the other side of the planet from Japan. Some people in a large population are probably allergic to large amounts of iodine. She could even get people killed. I guess it’s true what they say about those in the Obama administration. You either have to be a moron or a psychopath.

Murphy9 on March 16, 2011 at 12:19 AM

It was irresponsible for Drudge to headline this.

keebs on March 15, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Another Westinghouse shareholder.

pedestrian on March 16, 2011 at 12:19 AM

Where do the Dems find these affirmative action nitwits for Attorney General?

Jaibones on March 16, 2011 at 12:20 AM

Murphy9 on March 16, 2011 at 12:19 AM

Maybe she is one of the people selling iodide tablets on Ebay for $600/per 20.

Bishop on March 16, 2011 at 12:21 AM

Ok, nukeheads, is this fact? Boron will help? If so how many do we have sitting around waiting on Barry to “consider the options”?

Limerick on March 15, 2011 at 11:49 PM

Boric acid comes in fifty pound bags and can be purchased by the pallet load. Every PWR in the US has a boatload. There are PWRs in Japan. They’ll have it too. It’s a neutron absorber and is used to control reactivity. The only reason they’d need any more is to borate the water that they’re feeding into the reactors. Subsunk is right they probably need grunts on the ground a lot more than they need boric acid from Korea.

Oldnuke on March 16, 2011 at 12:25 AM

Just a bunch of Chicken Littles. From the BraveNewClimate blog:

Radiation Levels

o At 10:22AM (JST) on March 15, a radiation level of 400 milli sievert per hour was recorded outside secondary containment building of the Unit 3 reactor at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

o At 3:30PM on March 15, a radiation level of 596 micro sievert per hour was recorded at the main gate of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

o At 4:30PM on March 15, a radiation level of 489 micro sievert per hour was recorded on the site of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

o For comparison, a human receives 2400 micro sievert per year from natural radiation in the form of sunlight, radon, and other sources. One chest CT scan generates 6900 micro sievert per scan.

Common Sense on March 16, 2011 at 12:25 AM

Oldnuke on March 16, 2011 at 12:25 AM

Thanks. Being a layman I can use all the help I can get digesting this stuff.

Limerick on March 16, 2011 at 12:36 AM

“Surgeon general freaks out entire western half of the country.”

But how does she feel about masturbation?

petefrt on March 16, 2011 at 1:58 AM

A rrrrriot is terrrible thing to have…and I think it’s about time for us to have one!!!!

Where is my tinfoil hat???

TiminPhx on March 16, 2011 at 3:13 AM

Just in from CNN:
Surgeon General Regina Benjamin clarifies her earlier statement saying that she meant that the west coast SHOULD have the Iodine handy in case the reactors crawl into the ocean and head towards California like Godzilla did that time.

GoodBoy on March 16, 2011 at 3:57 AM

This is suppose to be the nation’s top doctor and she is a quack. Even most people in Japan should not be taking large amounts of iodine and she is implicitly encouraging it for people on the other side of the planet from Japan. Some people in a large population are probably allergic to large amounts of iodine. She could even get people killed. I guess it’s true what they say about those in the Obama administration. You either have to be a moron or a psychopath.

Murphy9 on March 16, 2011 at 12:19 AM

USSG Benjamin is doing her part to bring down the cost curve of ObaMaoCare.

onlineanalyst on March 16, 2011 at 5:16 AM

OMG stop, stop, STOP with the MOX idiocy.

For the LAST time, EVERY SINGLE REACTOR IN THE WORLD HAS PLUTONIUM IN IT. The use of “MOX” fuel has not bearing on this situation in the LEAST.

deadrody on March 16, 2011 at 5:40 AM

Heaven help those brave and intrepid 50 workers Japanese citizens.

ted c on March 16, 2011 at 6:17 AM

Nowadays, the only topics about which he’s willing to offer a firm opinion are bullying (he’s against it) and the NCAA tournament (he’s in favor).

NEWS UPDATE
Obama against drowning puppies and kittens.
Obama promotes Little Miss Manners.

shick on March 16, 2011 at 7:05 AM

A media and administration driven supposed crisis?

GFW on March 16, 2011 at 7:20 AM

The Surgeon General
Should never speak “Off the Cuff”
That is not her job.

Everything that the Surgeon General says in a situation like this should be considered well in advance and scripted. If she is going to take questions, she should be trained well enough to stick to scripted answers to get a consistent message delivered to the public.

Heck, that is the Surgeon Generals only real function. To have her speaking casually and saying stupid things makes her much, much worse than useless.

Haiku Guy on March 16, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Japan melts. Scooter salsas.

kingsjester on March 16, 2011 at 8:10 AM

WHAT is that a picture of???

winston on March 16, 2011 at 8:13 AM

If (Obama’s) willing to say out loud that there’ll be no death cloud descending upon Los Angeles, take it to the bank.

If Obama says
The Sun will rise tomorrow,
I’ll check to make sure…

Haiku Guy on March 16, 2011 at 8:13 AM

kingsjester on March 16, 2011 at 8:10 AM

perfect…

cmsinaz on March 16, 2011 at 8:17 AM

perfect…

cmsinaz on March 16, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Well, thank you!

kingsjester on March 16, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Only good news I heard this am (on CNN, they don’t have unbiased news sources here in Canada either) was the Japanese government has asked the US military for assistance on the ground at the reactor plants. Whether that is expertise or logistics support was not discussed. Don’t get all worried folks. Our guys will be trained to know what to do and to be able to help. And they will most likely be volunteers if they are proceeding into radiation areas.

I’m sure there will be problems and obstacles to overcome, but they are probably eager to help…..

Subsunk

Subsunk on March 16, 2011 at 8:34 AM

I think it is necessary for me to teach my HS students about radiation & radioactive elements more fully.
I am so sick & tired of perpetuated ignorance running rampant.
Even the yahoos around here don’t have a clue & so they just spin & speculate.
Usually the same nutters who whine about stuff like how powerlines keep them awake at night & should be banned & how windmills disturb their sleep, ow frakking in the oil fields is causing their water to become contaminated & cause allergies, etc.
While there may be something to things like that, my experience in my short life of almost 42 years has taught me that most of the time, it is usually never what people assume.
But of course, people like to panic & create Bogey Men.

Badger40 on March 16, 2011 at 8:38 AM

U.S. Naval Forces Converge On Disaster-Stricken Japan
By Tim Wightman, Stars and Stripes, March 15, 2011

TOKYO — U.S. Naval forces are converging on Japan as part of a recovery effort in the wake of Friday’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that has left more than 3,000 people dead and thousands others missing, the Navy announced Tuesday in separate releases.
Commander, Task Force 76 has organized a maritime response cell at the U.S. Forces Japan headquarters on Yokota Air Base to coordinate all Navy relief efforts. Much of that effort will be coming from the Essex Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG), comprising four ships, and the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, or MEU — who together can provide fresh water, medical support, search and rescue, heavy lifting and amphibious crafts.
The San Diego-based USS Preble has already gotten involved, providing hundreds of pounds of supplies Tuesday to survivors.
Commander Task Force 76, the amphibious force for 7th Fleet, is the Navy’s lead agency for earthquake and tsunami response in Japan. Their maritime response cell set up at Yokota is the command responsible for advising USFJ and carrying out relief efforts from the air, ground and sea. The team includes representatives from other 7th Fleet task forces CTFs 70, 72, 73 and 74. The cell allows for effective coordination with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force during the disaster response.
“Seventh Fleet’s amphibious forces have a lot of experience with humanitarian and disaster relief,” said Rear Adm. Richard Landolt, commander, CTF 76. “So it makes sense to use that experience to shape our response and help our ally and regional partner recover from this catastrophic event.”
Essex ARG/31st MEU
“We train for [Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief] missions, and with everything from excess water-producing capacity to expanded hospital beds, the ARG-MEU team is well-positioned to handle all the immediate needs of most humanitarian crises,” said Capt. Bradley Lee, commander of Amphibious Squadron 11.
The Essex Amphibious Ready group, which includes the Sasebo, Japan-based USS Essex, USS Harpers Ferry and USS Tortuga, all from Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11, and the Sasebo-based USS Germantown, were at sea Monday preparing to do their part in providing humanitarian assistance/disaster relief support to Japan. They were expected to arrive in mainland Japan on Wednesday.
Joining the Essex ARG embarked aboard three ships is the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit from Okinawa, which includes more than 2,200 Marines and sailors. They, along with PHIBRON 11, were planning for a disaster relief exercise in Indonesia before being redirected to Japan when news of the actual disaster broke.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to our close friends and allies in Japan during this difficult time,” said Col. Andrew MacMannis, 31st MEU commanding officer.
Members of the 31 MEU were spread out at the time, with the majority of the Marines aboard the USS Essex. The amphibious assault ship had recently arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, for a port visit when the tsunami struck. The crew and Marines were recalled, and the Essex set course for Japan on March 12.
The 31st MEU can use the Super Stallions and CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters, assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262, to move up to 260,000 pounds and transport as many as 860 passengers per day.
“Our biggest advantage is the heavy-lift capabilities our CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters provide,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Clifford Hanna. “With them, we can transport more personnel and supplies ashore.”
In the last two years, the 31st MEU and PHIBRON 11 team has responded to four disaster-relief situations.
USS Preble
The San Diego-based destroyer USS Preble, with sailors embarked from Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light Four Three, on Tuesday were one of the first groups to join the relief effort. They were called as first responders to survey the coastline and provide an aerial perspective to other ships in the area.
“We could see isolated areas where survivors had drawn in the dirt ‘SOS’ or a large encircled ‘H’ as a cry for help,” said Lt. Joe Landi, describing the patrol. “We landed nearby to assess the situation and determine what we could do to help.”
After interacting with stranded survivors and hearing accounts from HSL-43 crew members, Preble sailors volunteered to provide supplies to the Japanese from their own deployment provisions. Their contributions included warm weather clothing, wool blankets, nonperishable food and water. The ship supply department also contributed heavily, and in less than two hours the mess decks were full of supplies for the helicopter to deliver to survivors.

Subsunk

Subsunk on March 16, 2011 at 8:42 AM

“Any radioactive plume from that fuel would be more dangerous than ordinary nuclear fuel, experts say, because inhaling plutonium even in very small quantities is considered lethal.”

Like inhaling uranium, even in the same small quantities, is so much less lethal! As if uranium or plutonium could vaporize and be magically lifted into the air despite being two of the heaviest elements in the universe. And certainly the two heaviest elements found in nature.

What a crock…. Who pays good money to listen to these people who clearly do not understand basic physics?

Subsunk

Subsunk on March 16, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Hah, this gal…guy (?) got the job because she’s Janet Reno’s bath house “friend”.

Alden Pyle on March 16, 2011 at 8:55 AM

That chick needs some diet pills.

j_galt on March 16, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Subsunk on March 16, 2011 at 8:46 AM

As I understand it, Plutonium is chemically very bad for you to inhale, completely separate from it’s radioactivity. I’m not sure about Uranium.

Count to 10 on March 16, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Idiot1

Just more high quality Obamacare.

rplat on March 16, 2011 at 9:05 AM

As others have pointed out, just in a nick of time, Obama comes out swinging for the taking away firearms from the innocent.

Just as we have things going from bad to worse in Japan and other places, graphically demonstrating why people should be armed.

Marxists can never seem to come up with a good anwser to this point.

They like to pretend that the government will always be there to protect you in time of crisis and yet everyone can recall times when this isn’t the case and yet left still calls for civilian disarmament, why is that?

Colbyjack on March 16, 2011 at 9:22 AM

I would be hesitant to let her bag my groceries let alone hold a position of influence. She looks and acts like Corky’s twin sister. She’s a libtard’s wet dream; diversity comes before competence, skill or experience.

Alden Pyle on March 16, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Alden Pyle on March 16, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Not surprising, considering her boss, the future salsa dancer.

kingsjester on March 16, 2011 at 9:31 AM

They like to pretend that the government will always be there to protect you in time of crisis and yet everyone can recall times when this isn’t the case and yet left still calls for civilian disarmament, why is that?

Colbyjack on March 16, 2011 at 9:22 AM

When they are not there…
That’s when the thugs step up their
Gun grabbing efforts.

Haiku Guy on March 16, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Firing the Surgeon General
Words and Music by Roy Zimmerman
© 1995 Watunes (BMI)
(From “Folk Heroes” [Reprise])

You can’t come in
I hear you knockin’ but you can’t come in
I hear you knockin’ but you can’t come in
‘Cause I’m firing the Surgeon General

You can’t come in
I hear you knockin’ but you can’t come in
I hear you knockin’ but you can’t come in
‘Cause I’m firing the Surgeon General

I used to flog the dolphin
Used to choke the chicken
Used to spank the monkey
Used to fool with the tool
I used to whip the bishop
Used to wax the weasel
But now I learned one they never taught in school

You can’t come in
I hear you knockin’ but you can’t come in
I hear you knockin’ but you can’t come in
‘Cause I’m firing the Surgeon General

I used to whack the Bobbitt
Used to knead the noodle
Used to charm the cobra
Used to ponder pointillism
I used to free the willy
Used to Pat the Robertson
But now I got me a new euphemism

You can’t come in
I hear you knockin’ but you can’t come in
I hear you knockin’ but you can’t come in
‘Cause I’m firing the Surgeon General

I used to think I’d need analysis
Get phalluses full of calluses
Go blind, lose my mind
Be romantically disinclined
I used to think I’d never be mollified
Or qualified at all if I’d
Go to work as a clerk
Try to be anything but a jerk

But now I wanna dance and shout
I’m jumpin’ like a trouser trout
‘Cause I found a way to bat it
And make a living at it
Yeah, I got into politics
And I’m never comin’
Never comin’
I’m never comin’ out

You can’t come in
I hear you knockin’ but you can’t come in
I check the lock ‘n’ say you can’t come in
‘Cause I’m firing the Surgeon General
Firing the Surgeon General
Firing the Surgeon General
Firing the Surgeon General

mechkiller_k on March 16, 2011 at 10:28 AM

She looks like she could be the love child of Bill Clinton and Jocelyn Elders.

halfastro on March 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM

No worries, I’m already protected. I have this bracelet with a hologram on it that helps me keep balance. The salesman told me it should ward off any bad radiation stuff as well.

AverageJoe on March 16, 2011 at 10:38 AM

A little antidote to the nuclear hysteria and nukeporn so in vogue right now.

“Initially there was hope of saving the reactors to generate power again after the crisis had passed. But as that hope faded and the need to remove the steadily-decreasing decay heat remained, operators at Fukushima-Daiichi took measures that would cool the reactors but would ruin them for future operation, such as the decision to try to cool the reactors with seawater (and boron). It will be necessary for some time to actively cool the reactors while the decay heat continues to decrease, but within a few months it will be possible to depressurize the reactors and assess their internal states. There may have been some melting and damage to the fuel—it is not known at this time.”

http://blogs.forbes.com/christopherhelman/2011/03/15/explainer-what-caused-the-incident-at-fukushima-daiichi/

‘Three of Fukushima Daiichi’s six reactors were in operation when yesterday’s quake hit, at which point they shut down automatically and commenced removal of residual heat with the help of emergency diesel generators. These suddenly stopped about an hour later, and this has been put down to tsunami flooding by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).’

The power plant’s four boiling water reactors stopped automatically on last week’s earthquake. At unit 3 the shutdown appears to have gone exactly as expected, with no systems damaged by the huge earthquake or tsunami. It went from power production to cold shutdown – where coolant water is at less than 100ºC – in about 34 hours. All the reactors have remained safe, but damage to the emergency core cooling systems of units 1, 2 and 4 led to the announcement of emergency status. Those reactors used their a secondary system, the make up water condensate system, and this was used to maintain coolant levels above the reactor core. An additional emergency notice came from unit 1 concerning the temperature of a suppression chamber, which reached 100ºC after some time.

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/default.aspx

Nuclear reactors generally have automatic and manual systems to insert large amounts of poison (often boron in the form of boric acid) into the reactor to shut the fission reaction down if unsafe conditions are detected or anticipated.[6]

South Korea to send boron to Japan to stabilize atomic reactors

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1626408.php/South-Korea-to-send-boron-to-Japan-to-stabilize-atomic-reactors

Viator on March 16, 2011 at 10:48 AM

that wig wouldn’t be any more noticeable unless it had a chin strap.

ted c on March 16, 2011 at 10:50 AM

amateur hour….sheesh

SPGuy on March 16, 2011 at 10:55 AM

That chick needs some diet pills.

j_galt on March 16, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Yep, an obese Surgeon-General. Great role model there. Obviously M’chell didn’t vet her.

slickwillie2001 on March 16, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Anyone care to venture a guess on the IQ of Surgeon General Regina Benjamin?

sartana on March 15, 2011 at 11:23 PM

I wish it were higher. There are a lot of people who are going to follow her advice, for no good reason.

unclesmrgol on March 16, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Viator on March 16, 2011 at 10:48 AM

I’ve been wondering why they hadn’t tried the boron before now. I guess the question now is how to load it into the reactors.

ROCnPhilly on March 16, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Alinsky: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”

faraway on March 16, 2011 at 12:13 PM

The current situation in Japan with nuclear energy is just ANOTHER EXUSE for the no energy America hating left to ruin the economy here in the states. Let us face it folks energy means jobs.
Where in hell is the energy plan for the U.S. The current thought is
NO OIL
NO COAL
NO NATURAL GAS
AND NOW NO NUCLEAR
AND at the same time piss off billions of dollars on proven failures like crap for corn ethonol solar and windmills.
You want jobs? I will give a jobs. invest in energy the jobs will follow.

TomLawler on March 16, 2011 at 12:40 PM

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UPDATE AS OF 1:15 P.M. EDT, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16:

NEI has posted an updated version of the fact sheet Used Nuclear Fuel Storage at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Also available is a new fact sheet called Industry Taking Action to Ensure Continued Safety at U.S. Nuclear Energy Plants.

UPDATE AS OF 10:00 A.M. EDT, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16:

News reports that high radiation levels led to the evacuation of all workers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station are not accurate. Workers were evacuated for about an hour but returned to the site to continue efforts to restore safe conditions at the plant.

Restoration of electrical power to the site was under way at the Daiichi plant as of 6:00 a.m. EDT Wednesday. A temporary cable was being connected between an off-site power line and Daiichi reactor 3. Off-site power has not been available at the site since the earthquake on March 11.

Reactors 1, 2 and 3 at the plant are being cooled with seawater. There is some level of uranium fuel damage at all three units, and containment structure damage is suspected at reactor 2.

Before the earthquake, reactor 4 had been in refueling and was completely defueled. Attempts to provide cooling water to the used fuel pool at reactor 4 by helicopter were not successful. Preparations are being made to inject water into the fuel storage pool using a high-capacity spray pump. There have been two fires inside the reactor containment building at reactor 4, but they have been extinguished. Although the reactor containment building at Unit 4 was damaged, the primary containment vessel remains intact.

Subsunk

Subsunk on March 16, 2011 at 2:26 PM

As I understand it, Plutonium is chemically very bad for you to inhale, completely separate from it’s radioactivity. I’m not sure about Uranium.

Count to 10 on March 16, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Same, same. That’s why it is so ridiculous to suggest it is more hazardous to inhale plutonium than uranium. Toxicity of both is about the same from a chemical AND nuclear standpoint. No difference.

Subsunk

Subsunk on March 16, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Subsunk on March 16, 2011 at 2:26 PM

I heard that correction as well. Put down to a translation problem. At the time I suspected it was simply a shift change.

slickwillie2001 on March 16, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Anyone care to venture a guess on the IQ of Surgeon General Regina Benjamin?

sartana on March 15, 2011 at 11:23 PM

I’d bet that it’s less than the time she would take to waddle through a maze to find a donut.

justltl on March 16, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Iodide helps with that nucular stuff.

Akzed on March 16, 2011 at 3:23 PM

This from a guy who worked on nuclear emergency planning and actually knows about this stuff:

Long distance issues- Any and I mean ANY talk about ‘radiation hitting the US or Hawaii’ is utter bullshit. Any gases released are immediately diluted to safe levels within a few miles of the release point. At tens or hundreds of miles it’s doubtful we could even measure the radiation, barring unusual atmospheric conditions. Certainly a gaseous plume would never be of hazard thousands of miles from it’s point of release. Again, Chernobyl effects were seen world-wide as the radiation was from the tiny particles of fly-ash that are able to be carried into the upper atmosphere and remaining there to be pushed around and somewhat concentrated by the jet stream. The gaseous releases from these reactors physically cannot do this.

Remember the press really believed that in less than two days a majority black population in N.O, turned cannibal. I take anything liberals say with a pillar of salt.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on March 16, 2011 at 4:23 PM

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