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21 March 2011 @ 09:04 pm
Because It Made Me Snerk  
"Despite unhelpful contradictory comments from some overseas nuclear regulators, the World Health Organisation backed the Japanese authorities, saying "These recommendations are in line with those based on accepted public health expertise.""

(From here)

Yup. Sorry guys, that would be us. Unhelpful. Not sure what bizarre bee flew up someone's bonnet that's made the US response to the whole Fukushima thing into a total (and uncalled-for) panic scene, but there you go. Everyone else says 20 km is fine, but we have to go overboard and pull back 300 miles.
VerusMaya IIverusmayaii on March 22nd, 2011 05:34 am (UTC)
No kidding. The way the US has been handling this, both in political/governmental response and media/citizen response is just appalling to me. Even today in one of my classes I spent a good 10 minutes debunking all the misinformation drilled into my classmates' heads. :(
Sandpanthersandpanther on March 23rd, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
Keep fighting the good fight! It's amazing how fast people calm down when they get some facts explained calmly. Our news media could learn something from you!
SnarkyLlama: WRC - got petrol?llamabitchyo on March 22nd, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC)
I was stuck in front of a TV playing CBS' Sunday morning news program while the diagnostic stuff was being run on my car. I was appalled by their coverage of what "Japan's nuclear crisis" means to us.

(Mind you, I don't watch TV at home, so I'm spared most of that, most of the time.)
Sandpanthersandpanther on March 23rd, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
You're happier not watching TV. The impact of "Japan's nuclear crisis" is largely going to be in the financial and energy arenas as everyone freaks out and panics that something like that could happen here. I wish they would stop for a minute, breathe, and recognize that the plant successfully went through an earthquake many magnitudes larger than anything they had planned for and everything worked perfectly. Up until the tsunami hit, everything was running exactly according to plan. Pretty incredible, considering the size of that earthquake.
Erratica: Hunterroseembolism on March 23rd, 2011 12:31 am (UTC)
It is outrageous. 20,000 have died from the earthquake and tsunami, and none have died from Fukushima. Yet what are the hypochondriac American news media concentrating on? God it's stupid.
Sandpanthersandpanther on March 23rd, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
Er... Actually, as of 23:00 Japan time today, the total fatality count for Fukushima Prefecture is 762. Nowhere near the thousands dead in Miyagi or Iwate, but still. I agree with your point on the hypochondria. I really wish the news media would step forward and be more responsible in their reporting.

(Randomly, Fukushima City is outside the 20 km evacuation zone. It's a bit confusing having the city name and the prefecture name be the same.)
Erratica: Hunterroseembolism on March 23rd, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
I should have been more specific; I meant specifically from the nuclear reactor insurgency.
Steffan Thomasrhylar on March 23rd, 2011 04:38 am (UTC)
To be fair, the US isn't the only country overreacting. I'm pretty sure I've seen nuke regulators from france, norway and russia acting dumb. (and seriously? Russia? Given their track record, I'd be expecting to see Putin sunbathing on the beach near Fukushima. And then claiming the prefecture is Russian territory...)