As Radioactive Iodine Cloud Passes Over Korea, Government Downplays Risks

It appears that the Standard Operating Procedure following the Fukushima fallout so far has been: 1) deny, 2), deny 3) deny, 4) raise safety limit, 5) collapse in a sniveling heap of guilt. Korea seems to be between step 1 and 2. As the following animation from ZAMG demonstrates, courtesy of Northeastern winds, a major cloud of radioactive Iodine  131 is currently passing right over South Korea. Making matters worse is the fact that it is currently drizzling in the landlucklocked nation, putting people on edge. Yet one cursory look at Korean press, in this case Arirang, demonstrates that absolutely nothing has changed in how governments, ready to sacrifice everything at the altar of mass panic, interact with their population when it comes to sensitive issues such as radioactive rain. "Meanwhile unlike many have anticipated the Korea Meteorological Administration assured that the seasonal winds accompanied by rain approaching from Japan will have almost no impact on Korea." Well, there's spin and there's facts. And for what it's worth the animation shows the facts. This way at least some people will have the choice of making an informed decision. Others may just wake up with superhuman powers soon enough.

More from Arirang:

With Japan's Fukushima nuclear crisis still lingering the Korean government is accelerating efforts to mitigate the impact of nuclear fallout in Korea.

President Lee Myung-bak visited the Korea Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday and urged authorities to toughen safety checks on food imported from Japan, as well as to provide prompt and accurate inspection results to the public.

Inter-ministerial meetings, led by the Prime Minister's Office were also held on the same day to seek appropriate measures in dealing with Japan's nuclear aftermath on a pan government level.

Special task force meetings will be held twice a week presided by the Prime Minister's Office and attended by ministers of the relevant bodies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

The task force will mainly discuss measures to counter nuclear leaks and ways to strengthen the safety of Korea's nuclear plants, as well as food imported from Japan.

The weather agency's spokesman Kim Seung-bae said at a briefing held on Wednesday, that air current analysis shows that the winds blowing from the island nation will circle clockwise and fade out towards the Pacific Ocean by Friday, leaving the Korean peninsula unaffected.

Officials added, however, they will step up monitoring traces of radioactive materials throughout Korea and especially on Jeju Island, since it will be hit before any other regions if the winds unexpectedly blow towards Korea.

While we are glad to hear that by Friday the radiation should clear out, we can't help but wonder what happens to that one day between Wednesday and Friday...