- If you have purchased potassium iodine tablets and end up not taking them, keep them in a safe but accessible place because we here in California have the same setup as they do in Japan; earthquakes, nuclear power plants and lots of ocean. If one of our power plants blows, those little pills could turn out to be the best investment you ever made. Considering the Diablo Canyon plant sits on top of or nearby 4 different earthquake faults, and is built to withstand only a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, it seems to me a major accident there is not unthinkable. Plus, the 1989 earthquake centered in Santa Cruz, California occurred on a fault they didn't know about. They always say it's safe. Do you think the Japanese officials told the people "Hey our nuclear plants are really crappy, and if there is ever an earthquake, if the falling buildings or tsunami don't kill you, the radiation probably will." It's always safe or financially sound or not a problem - until suddenly it is. Then it was unforseeable.
- Exposure to radiation is particularly harmful to kids, I have heard. The Germans have a program worked out with the city of Chernoybl where kids can go spend a summer or a few weeks with a German family to give them a break from the still kinda radioactive city of Chernoybl. It occurred to me that this might be something we could do for Japanese kids. I thought it would put it out there to see what people think.