As you know, there was a series of explosions at several nuclear reactors in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami disasters.
One (or more) of the nuclear reactors is badly damaged and deadly radiation has escaped into the atmosphere.
If you're watching the news, then you know the the U.S. government is evacuating U.S. citizens to the United States from Japan. But there is more ominous news coming out of Japan that brings to mind the nuclear disaster that occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear plant inside Russia in 1986.
Technicians inside the plant were conducting tests on reactor #4 when a series of explosions rocked the building, exposing the reactor's core and sending radioactive dust and smoke spewing into the air. The fallout eventually spread all over Russia and Europe.
Neighboring countries had no idea what had occurred until their sensitive instruments began detecting high levels of radiation in the air above their cities. They knew that a nuclear accident had occurred somewhere, but they had no idea where because the Russians weren't talking.
On the other side of the globe, alarmed United States gov. officials asked NASA scientists to point their powerful satellite telescopes at Russia, whereupon they spied the giant plume of radiation smoke and debris rising into the atmosphere from the damaged nuclear reactor inside Russia. Only then did the Russians finally admit there had been an accident.
Thousands of people eventually died from radiation sickness, including 200,000 Russian civilians and soldiers who risked their lives to go into the nuclear plant to plug up the leaking reactor and decontaminate the site.
An entire town near the plant was evacuated and to this day it remains uninhabited. Wild animals and stray dogs and cats near the reactor and in the town were ordered shot and killed to prevent the spread of radiation.
I'm telling you this because there is a giant plume of radiation fallout from Japan drifting toward the west coast of the United States.
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The plume of radiation is expected to arrive on our western shores tomorrow (Friday). National news outlets are reporting panic buying of iodine (iodide) tablets in Japan and the U.S.
Iodine protects the thyroid and other glands from radiation poisoning.
The U.S. government, which has always been keen about preventing panic in the streets, isn't telling California residents the seriousness of the situation -- probably because they don't know themselves.
So here's what to expect if you live in California and you are exposed to high levels of radiation in the coming days.
Keep in mind that the symptoms you experience may depend upon the dose of radiation and the duration of exposure to such radiation.
Radiation attacks every system in your body: cardiac (heart, blood), neuromuscular (brain, nerves, muscles), skeletal (bones) and gastrointestinal (stomach, liver, intestines).
In the beginning stages, people typically experience fever, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, fatigue and mild skin changes (redness, itching).
In later stages (again, depending upon the amount of radiation and the duration of exposure) there is blistering and peeling of the skin, ulcerations, infections and necrosis (dead tissue) down to the bone. Dramatic hair loss in men and women, loss of consciousness and death.
If the exposure is moderate over a short period of time, these symptoms may begin to appear in months or even years.
Keep watching the news, because it's doubtful you will get any real information about the radiation risk from the government.