A good Tuesday morning to Doug, Henry, Annie and Lynn and to all who follow.
Doug: Natalie is absolutely preciousl, that's for sure, as is Marj. It's obvious she gets her looks from her grandmother.
Annie, Fran LOVED scones and she bought an expensive dry mix to make them that is, sadly, still in the pantry. I can't bring myself to make them.
Luanne, it sounds as if you went straight from Winter to Summer!
As for the Japan thing, I listened to an interview with an expert who has studied nuclear development since the launch of the Nautilus.
He said that Three Mile Island was a five on a scale of 4 to 7. He was adamant that the trouble in Japan could well progress to a 5 (reading this morning's news, it probably has) but could never be a 7. Chernobyl was of course a 7. But he said that a Russian study done either ten or twenty years after of those who were exposed (excepting those who died and knew they were going to die because of their work at covering the containment area with concrete, etc.) long term health results were actually minimal amounting mostly to thyroid cancer and of that, I think he said only two people died. Of course, the area around Chernobyl is still highly radioactive but not to the point that you can't enter the general area without protection (special suit, etc.). Also, Chernobyl had NO reactor containment vessel such as those around reactors today in most parts of the world. The building was the only containment area and it exploded and burned.
He pointed out that there was a meltdown at Three Mile Island (I never realized there was an actual meltdown) but that the melted rods only melted 5/8ths of an inch into a 5 inch thick container and then cooled.
I understood late last night that the spent rods stored in pools within a building may have been exposed if that building had blown up and the water drained. He emphasized while of course dangerous, they were "spent" rods and therefore would not give off the extremely high doses of radiation that would the new rods. He pointed out that once the rods actually melt down they just cool off because there is no longer any reaction and therefore he implied the danger to large areas from them is extremely small (I can't for sure remember, but I think he said it wouldn't even happen. He never minimized what had happened, only that even worst case scenario would never be like Chernobyl. This was but one opinion, but I noticed that none of the nuclear scientists on the panel refuted it.
He said the media is unnecessarily going overboard with possibilities that according to him, just cannot happen. I noticed more and more scientists are also starting to lean the same way.
Time will tell if he's right or not.
Hope everyone has a great Tuesday and Prayers and Blessings continue along with of course Prayers for those effected by the Japanese tragedy.