Originally Posted by Pelagic
Not directly, but a Tsunami can help create rogue waves if its direction opposes gale force swells, so there is that to consider if you know a major one is transiting your area
Good to hear that I am not the only one concerned about this situation.
It seems to me that the biggest threat to the Japanese and to the rest of us (now that the major quake and tsunami have passed) may be Japan's nuclear "state of emergency". The radiation is 1,000 times normal in the control room of one of the reactors at Fukushima and the cooling
system and all backup cooling
systems at two plants have failed due to the failure of THRTEEN generators, apparently used to create power for the cooling mechanisms.
The Japanese have let "air" out of one reactor (there are 4 reactors in just one of the two Fukushima plants) in order to relieve pressure that could blow the reactor casing. However, the process had to be stopped at another reactor because the valves used to release the air cannot be opened. They must be opened by hand and dangerous radiation levels are preventing operators from getting near the valve for long enough to open it.
The prevailing winds are westerly in this relatively northern part of Japan (Fukushima province, Sentai township - near center of offshore
quake) making any serious leak and eventual hazard for the west coast
of the US, though, of course radiation levels would drop significantly by the time that they arrived.
More worrying to many of us here in Aisa, however, is that the southern section of these westerly winds seems to turn southwest about 750 miles off shore, helping to create the NE monsoon now effecting all of Southwest Asia
. Wondering if anyone familiar with wind
patterns off that part of Japan can comment on the potential threat to the Phillipines and other areas under the influence of the NE monsoon, in case of major radiation leaks
For those who can access it, NHK World (English language cable channel out of Tokyo) is continually updating these developments.
Anyone familiar with the winds off the Japan coast and their influence on the NE monsoon, please chime in.
PS - Having visited eastern Europe
soon after the Chernobyl disaster, your Chernobyl metaphor brings back some scary memories. Even now, decades after the disaster, areas of England
and other countries effected by Chernobyl, all of which were effected when winds shifted unexpectedly north, still do not allow vegetables to be grown or cattle to be raised for human consumption