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Magic Numbers

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by Gloria Garfunkel      Fire  > 

 

There are certain numbers that I need to keep repeating in my head at all times to prevent disaster.

They will prevent another nuclear meltdown. So far, it is working.

These are 447, the number of nuclear power plants in the world and 104.5, the number in the U.S.

Also, 1 Becquerel is one count of radiation per second on a Geiger counter. 1 Curie is 37 trillion Becquerels.

1 rad is 1 rem and 10 millisieverts. 10,000 millisieverts can kill someone in minutes.

Workers at Fukushima got their annual dose of radiation 620 millirem in 20 seconds, so robots are being used.

It will take four decades with new robot technology to clean up Fukushima.

I have to be careful not to read more about the disaster so I don’t accumulate too many numbers to remember. The numbers are radioactive and very powerful.

If I memorize them, nothing bad will happen.

If I memorize them, nothing bad will happen.

If I memorize them, nothing bad will happen.

I do not want to be the cause of another meltdown. 

 

published 29 May 2013