Welcome to a brief overview of a nuclear disaster. Following Fukushima and Chernobyl it seemed fitting to write something that may affect us yet again in our life times.
Look at the picture below to see how it affected the entirety of Europe.
Hard to believe that nuclear weapons exist, seems like only a fool would consider having them. But the thing is the most damage has come from nuclear meltdowns of power plants. A nuclear fallout from a bomb on the other hand… well we cannot imagine how much worse that would be. The fact that these industrial plants can contaminate an entire continent is ridiculous. How selfish are people? How greedy must they be to put the entire planet at risk for some money? Delusional people. That is why the recent war in Ukraine with Russia is proving so frightening, not the possibility of nuclear attack but of indirect nuclear fallout or meltdown should a plant be bombed.
Can they put the reactor into cooldown before it’s too late? They have time to do it should they need to, or maybe not. Failure to put it into cooldown means meltdown.
The reason I put the above is because I was thinking of the worst possibility, total destruction of developed nations resulting in a post apocalyptic nightmare. We’d literally be paying cheap to be famous, and those in power would do so for a very small amount of money. Simply because leadership would be useless so the demand would be low and everything dirt cheap. Provided that leadership is still required to some degree, if it isn’t then there wouldn’t be much need for currency. Things like metals and foods could become the new currency.
Meltdown is no joke. When the radiation from Fukushima began to spill out in 2011 – which by the way was only 11 years ago, and at the time I heard nothing about it; I am not kidding – it resulted in widespread evacuation from the area. The radiation spilled into the continent and affected millions. Maybe I did hear about it but forget, whatever happened it caused a lot of problems which officials are not concerned about. If they were concerned they’d be telling us to this day about the dangers of it.
I guess there is an element of conspiracy here. Did the incidence happen? And… are nuclear meltdowns really dangerous? You might be wondering why I ask this. The simple fact that it is only the people closest to the incident that are affected and we don’t hear about the others further afield, or the long term effects like cancer. Most plants are designed to absorb radiation in the beds under the reactors, meaning should a leak occur which it did, the radiation would be swallowed up in large quantities. I am not doubting the dangers, I am saying that I believe some of them are hyped up to scare us.
Apparently Chernobyl is a restricted area. Did you know people still live there? They are healthy. The environment is healthy looking and clean. Obviously if you get close to the reactor site you will find radiation readings, but still low readings in the fairly close surrounding area… The site is also covered now, and nobody can go near it. The site is guarded, and people work there. Russians are currently keeping people working their under duress, but I fail to see how that is duress considering they worked there before the invasion. My point is that there is no need to worry, the workers are doing a vital job I suspect.
I need to talk about preventative action. If and when the radiation spills into Europe you would be wise to take into consideration anything that would decontaminate foods and waters. You might be best to avoid products like fruit and veg should it occur. Anything that grows from soils.
Your body will likely sustain a damage if the radiation is severe, and if it is the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant which it could very well be, since Russians have already damaged some of the electrical units and monitoring equipment, then we are in trouble.
It already has 6 reactors, and a leak from them will be devastating to Europe and I suspect beyond. 11 reactors by 2030 is not good either, because it’s completely opposite of clean energy. It it not good for the environment! You cannot simply throw away radiated reactors when the fuel runs out. They need cooling for ages and then storing for something like 2 years. My advice to simply get rid of them and use something else less dangerous. Coal power stations or electrical stations, wind power, sea power… anything.
So have a look at medicines like potassium iodate (thyroid blocking agent, and is used for example after a nuclear accident. taking up radioactive iodine, which may be released into the environment following a nuclear accident). This would help possible prevent radiation getting into your thyroid and causing cancer later on.
Another supplement is definitely activated charcoal – they use this on the beds of reactors to assist in the absorption of radiation. (lowering radiation exposure from radionuclides by removing them from drinking water. Activated charcoal taken internally can bind radionuclides in the GI tract form ingested food and unfiltered water, and carry them all safely out of the body.)
If you already use a filtered water container then great! I do too although I haven’t always done this.
Nascent iodine – Nascent iodine is more expensive than potassium iodide, but it is more palatable and high dosages of it can be given to even children. Experts recommend that iodine should be used to saturate the thyroid as this would make it strong enough to reject radioactive elements from entering the body. Before deciding on the dosage, it’s still recommended to consult a doctor.
Magnesium – encourages removal of heavy metals from the body. So therefore the radiation won’t have much to latch onto.
Spirulina – can be found in many products and supplements. I have some but rarely take it as it can make me feel a bit sick. You might have better luck with it.
If the spill of nuclear radiation is severe you might want to wash yourself and clothes quickly. Maintain health by washing with filtered clean water. You can’t avoid it in foods but you can buy foods less contaminated.
Sorry there isn’t more to say. I guess protecting the body is more important should it happen. It is a possibility. But the risk is still low. I’m not concerned and neither should you be. To cause such a meltdown in such a big power plant would risk the entirety of Europe and the easts health and safety, it would compromise many things and especially the economy which leaders would not be keen on.
Don’t think I am trying to scare you either. This is no Cold War or post World War 2 communist Stalin propaganda. Anyway have a lovely day!