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(The Atlantic)   Bad: Forest fire. Worse: Radioactive forest fire. Next: Forest fire with superpowers   (theatlantic.com) divider line
    More: Scary, Chernobyl disaster, edge of the forest, Vasyl Yoschenko, fire releases radionuclides, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Sergiy Zibtsev, annual radiation limit, controlled burn  
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2020-08-11 6:24:53 PM  
That stuff is like, forever man. It doesn't go away very fast.

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2020-08-11 6:30:56 PM  
....which reminds me, I need to get 400 chest x-rays.
 
2020-08-11 6:52:51 PM  
In the woods, now they're troops, fighting for special interest groups LOOK OUT! HERE COME THE SPIDER MEN!
 
2020-08-11 6:58:32 PM  
Beter Parker was a normal high school student, trying to get through a normal day when suddenly, at Oscorp, he was bitten by a radioactive forest fire!

Now he fights crime as the Amazing Incendiary Lorax!

What would his powers be? Does whatever a forest fire can?
 
2020-08-11 7:04:16 PM  
 
2020-08-11 7:04:48 PM  

edmo: That stuff is like, forever man. It doesn't go away very fast.


It will take something like 30,000 years before the radiation naturally decays to safe levels.

We have 34 of those years of it behind us, and those were the worst.

The remaining 29,966 are going to just fly by.
 
2020-08-11 7:05:06 PM  
FTFA: "because cesium and strontium are the chemical analogues of potassium and calcium "

I can hear the air being wasted, and the steam coming out of the writer's ears.
 
2020-08-11 7:12:09 PM  
Jebus, 2020 just keeps getting better and better doesn't it?! Hey was the Fukushima disaster in Japan ever resolved? I just want to survive at this point
 
2020-08-11 7:20:10 PM  

studebaker hoch: It will take something like 30,000 years before the radiation naturally decays to safe levels.

We have 34 of those years of it behind us, and those were the worst.

The remaining 29,966 are going to just fly by.



I think the point of the sarcasm is that many of the hottest isotopes have already decayed in those thirty years.  many of the scariest isotopes from a nuclear disaster have decayed to a safer form.  Not all though.
 
2020-08-11 7:35:12 PM  

King Something: ....which reminds me, I need to get 400 chest x-rays.


Breathe the pressure. Come play my game, I'll test you.
 
2020-08-11 7:37:59 PM  

caffeine_addict: Should be Repeat or Follow-Up. no?

https://www.fark.com/comments/10771171​/And-Just-in-case-you-didnt-have-ENOUG​H-to-worry-about-Radiation-levels-arou​nd-Chernobyl-are-spiking-as-a-forest-f​ire-is-burning-irradiated-trees


Follow up
 
2020-08-11 8:43:46 PM  

edmo: That stuff is like, forever man. It doesn't go away very fast.


In that case it isn't that radioactive.

Radioactive substances can be highly radioactive or they can be around a long time.  Pick one.  Usually only reporters or those with a certain political agenda get this wrong.
 
2020-08-11 8:50:13 PM  

nobody11155: edmo: That stuff is like, forever man. It doesn't go away very fast.

In that case it isn't that radioactive.

Radioactive substances can be highly radioactive or they can be around a long time.  Pick one.  Usually only reporters or those with a certain political agenda get this wrong.


Depends on what you mean by "highly radioactive"  A sphere of Plutonium 239 is quite warm to the touch because it's so radioactive, but it also has a half life of 24000 years.  The Pu-238 that is used in RTGs for spacecraft glows red it generates so much heat, but still has a half life of 87 years.

That's more than radioactive enough for me.

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2020-08-11 10:22:03 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: nobody11155: edmo: That stuff is like, forever man. It doesn't go away very fast.

In that case it isn't that radioactive.

Radioactive substances can be highly radioactive or they can be around a long time.  Pick one.  Usually only reporters or those with a certain political agenda get this wrong.

Depends on what you mean by "highly radioactive"  A sphere of Plutonium 239 is quite warm to the touch because it's so radioactive, but it also has a half life of 24000 years.  The Pu-238 that is used in RTGs for spacecraft glows red it generates so much heat, but still has a half life of 87 years.

That's more than radioactive enough for me.

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Cute, looks like a spice dot.
 
2020-08-11 11:47:09 PM  
Most forest fires are radioactive just not as radioactive as the ones around Chernobyl.  It turns out trees have been absorbing and concentrating all those nice radioactive bits released in nuke tests over the decades.
 
2020-08-12 11:39:18 AM  
We need more fear mongering!  The Atlantic is doing their part.

The plan needs to be clear cutting the forest and burying the wood beneath a concrete cap.
 
2020-08-12 6:12:38 PM  
Glockenspiel Hero:

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That picture is a classic.   It's one of the few where you can actually see nuclear power.
 
2020-08-12 10:31:49 PM  
Joe Perry seen readying his guitar and robot voice filter...

FOREST FIRE
FOREST FIRE
RADIOACTIVE FOREST FIRE
FOREST BLOOD
FOREST BLOOD
RADIOACTIVE FOREST BLOOD
 
2020-08-12 10:34:01 PM  

wickedragon: Beter Parker was a normal high school student, trying to get through a normal day when suddenly, at Oscorp, he was bitten by a radioactive forest fire!

Now he fights crime as the Amazing Incendiary Lorax!

What would his powers be? Does whatever a forest fire can?


Destroy entire Californian towns?
 
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