Update: Scary as fuck

It’s been 24 hours and not much has changed. The uranium hexachloride (still unconfirmed that that is what it is but most sources say it is) is still there and they still have the area blocked off and only hazmat teams can get in. They have not expanded the area any and the news stations, radio and news papers are all still giving conflicting information. So yeah, basically we still have no freaking idea what is going on.

There is speculation that even though the fire department and police are down playing it and saying there is no leak, that there is in fact a leak and we are just not being told about it. Why else would there be higher then normal (and higher then acceptable) radiation levels.

It’s not quite as scary since no one around here seems to be feeling any ill effects or anything but we really don’t know anything about it and no one is giving answers so it still is a bit of an uneasy feeling.

Hopefully it will all be okay and no real danger.

8 thoughts on “Update: Scary as fuck

  1. The effects of radiation usually occur after a period of prolonged exposure (ie several days to several weeks depending on what it is, the source of it, and the size of the leak). Nuclear anything is typically safe (for the most part) if its handled correctly and by knowledgeable people. It’s probably a small leak and they probably haven’t moved it from where they found it to prevent more dangerous exposure. Containment to transport safely is probably their number one priority right now.

    I’ve worked around small uranium sources (this is how they do density soil testing for foundations and also with xray equipment and other things), so I’ve been through the training multiple times. A lot of the media propaganda is just that, it’s propaganda and most of it is an exaggeration of the truth. If you’re pregnant, you won’t suddenly give birth to a two headed child and mutants from Fallout 3 aren’t going to pop up in the street lol

    The best way to know if you are feeling any radiation sickness is nauseousness or if you start to feel weak (like an expedited version of the flu). Keeping doors and windows closed helps create barriers between you and the source of contamination. Although, it never did occur to me that people would want to stay upwind of the site too.

    Be safe, I’m sure things will work out.

    1. Thank you so much for this, it actually makes me feel a lot better about the whole thing. With so many people speculating, and no real information being given to anyone it was just a big mess. They are still saying that the radiation level was higher then normal but not a real danger to anyone. As I said in my reply to Suzanne below its a good an example of how misinformation, speculation and the media can just blow things way out of proportion and scare the crap out of people…

      1. If I had been more on top of things and saw your first post, I would of left the same message. The unknown is always scary. If I didn’t know about something and I felt I was getting conflicting reports, I’d be panicking and very concerned too *hugs*

    1. Yes there is a few.

      http://metronews.ca/ (choose Halifax under the city)

      Seems like things are actually back to normal at the port though, the CNSC (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission) released a statement here saying that the four canisters of uranium hexafluoride (UF6) are intact and were never breached, it was just the container that they were inside, but they were encased in cement and metal then the actual canisters themselves.

      Once again an example of how misinformation, speculation and the media can just blow things way out of proportion and scare the crap out of people…

      1. Thanks girl. Halifax port has had its problems, right? I remember some time ago I read about an explosion that devastated the city in 1917.

        1. Yes, there has been 2 explosions in Halifax, the first one in 1917 dubbed the “Halifax Explosion” killed approximately 2000 people, some incinerated on the spot, bodies were never found and others died in the days, weeks and months after from burns, crushing injuries from buildings collapsing and fires. 9000 more were injured. It was the largest man-made blast before the atomic bombs in WW2.

          The second one is barely even known about and happened in 1945 at our Navy’s Amunnition Depot in the basin, I don’t believe anyone was killed or hurt in that one that I know of, however it was a massive explosion and went on until after midnight as all the unexploded ammo went up in a long chain reaction, some of it feel before exploding into the Bedford basin. In 1995 the city started blowing up and/or removing, depending on the location, un-exploded ammunition that fell into the harbour from that blast. There is still un-exploded ammunition among other things, bombs have been found, old submarines etc.

          Our harbour is one of the largest and deepest natural and ice-free harbours in the world and the city has been attempting for years to clean it up. For most of the cities history raw sewage waste was pipped into it from both Halifax and Dartmouth. Some years ago they built a sewage treatment facility that has been plagued with floods, malfuntions, and even sat empty for years while they tried to come up with a solution.

          We definitely have our share of problems, like most cities have. Because of the original Halifax explosion, Halifax and Boston, Mass have a almost 100 year history of helping each other out. They sent hundreds of people, medical supplies, food and other supplies on a relief train and since 1971 the Christmas tree that is lit on the Boston Common has come from Nova Scotia (Lunenburg county) as a gift. Halifax sent on in 1918 and then in 1971 Lunenburg started doing it (it’s a very close-nit province). My own family is half in Nova Scotia and half in Massachusetts in or near Boston.

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