Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2011/03/23

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Subject: [Leica] Nuclear radiation
From: lrzeitlin at (Lawrence Zeitlin)
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 15:35:07 -0400

Peter writes:

Radiation, like the light we photograph in, reduces in

intensity according to the inverse square law, so I think even a Nocti-

Geiger-counter couldn't detect emissions from that plant.

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That might be the case with gamma radiation. But radioactive particles are
transported by the prevailing wind patterns. If you are downwind of a
burning nuclear plant the particles could be carried for hundreds, even
thousands of kilometers. Radioactive particles from the Japanese catastrophe
were detected in California nearly 8000 km away. You are fortunate that the
prevailing winds are from the west and carry the radiation mostly out to
sea. Had they been from the north, I would not eat the fish.

Larry Z (who lives about 5 km from the Indian Point Atomic energy plant
which is adjacent to the Ramapo fault.)

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