HIGH levels of radiation detected in Oklahoma City rainwater on 8/6/11 (Video)
A person may be exposed to elevated levels of radiation by breathing in radioactive particles, ingesting them through exposed food or drink, or coming into close bodily contact with a source of radiation.
Different types of radiation will produce different health effects, based on the half-life of the particle (how long it takes to lose half its radioactivity, a measure of how fast it degrades) and the way it interacts with the body. Iodine-131, plutonium-239, cesium-137, and strontium-90 are the four most harmful radioactive elements involved in the Japanese nuclear disaster, with half-lives of 8 days, 24,000 years, 30 years, and 29 years, respectively. With the exception of iodine-131 which has a short half life, whatever amounts of these other elements are released are likely to stay in the environment and pose a threat to human, plant, and animal life for several years to come. Cesium-137 can deposit itself in milk and vegetables, increasing the risk of several forms of cancer for those that ingest enough of significantly contaminated foods.
Exposure to high doses of radiation can lead to a broad range of acute health problems which are usually only experienced by individuals close to the source of radiation such as reactor workers. One of the possible acute effects of exposure to high levels of radiation over a small period of time is Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS) or radiation sickness. For an exposed individual to develop ARS, the radiation must be penetrating and cover the whole body. The radiation doses that lead to ARS hover around 1 sievert — about 300 times the average annual dose (3 millisieverts) of background radiation. ARS is associated with damage to the bone marrow, and at higher doses (>10Sv) other organs may be affected.
Symptoms of ARS include nausea, weakness, diarrhea, headaches, fever, hair loss, skin damage, diminished organ functions and possible seizures and coma. Following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, approximately 134 plant workers and firefighters received doses of 700 to 13,400 mSv and developed ARS. Of the 134 ARS patients, 28 died. Exposure to high levels of gamma radiation in particular can contribute to a broad range of acute health effects. For example, gamma doses of 2Gy, 10Gy and 20Gy can lead to hemopoietic syndrome, gastrointestinal syndrome and central nervous system problems, respectively. Other acute health problems that can result from high exposure to radiation include premature aging, male sterility, birth defects, and possible death. – Huffington Post
Reported by this Ministry in March, 2011: The radiation will be spread by the weather, and the radiation will be in the rain that jet streams from Japan to the USA.
The ocean will give its testimony soon about the radiated water as it moves through the currents and affects the sea life.
As reported by this ministry 5/10/11: The coming epidemics from tainted water will begin to spread shortly. Hospitals will be overwhelmed by the sheer number of people that are infected. Boiling water is still the best defense against water born diseases, and should also be boiled to bathe with. People living in flooded areas should follow this precaution.
The animal kingdom will also suffer from the effects. Those with pets in the infected areas should boil their drinking water also. Pets that are permitted free range will become infected. Livestock will also be at risk from the new strains of bacteria that are in the toxic brew if permitted to drink the tainted water.