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Rush for emergency supplies, potassium iodide

Earthquake-preparation items are 'flying off the shelves,' storeowners say

by Sue Dremann

Local residents have scooped up emergency-supply kits, water purifiers and potassium iodide in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and radiation leak, storeowners said.

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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 18, 2011 at 11:32 am

People are more afraid of the video that has gotten 65 thousand hits (and is being circulated around Facebook) in the last 48 hours, featuring former Santa Clara County geologist Jim Berkland. Supposedly, there is to be an earthquake on Saturday or Sunday due to the larger and closer than normal 'new moon' and the unusually high tides.

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Posted by people have irrational fears
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I think people scare me more than the Nukes

"Brewer Store Sales Skyrocket in Wake of Japan Nuke Disaster"

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"We are no longer accepting orders for Geiger Counters of any sort. If you have already placed an order, it will eventually get filled, in days, weeks, or months, depending on when you placed the order."

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people in china hoard salt

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Posted by Peter K. Mueller
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm

It is certain that the risk of health damage and risk of severe injury and death based on failure of nuclear energy reactors is infinitesimal compared to demonstrated risks from DAILY practices in our lives. Web Link

For instance automobile use and associated common driver behavior at high speeds and drivers practicing grossly insufficient following distances. Automobile use just in the USA alone has yielded ~50,000 deaths annually for a long time plus probably countless serious lifetime injuries! Web Link
How come the news media and our fellow citizens, lawmakers, etc., dont focus more on that?

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Posted by Jessica Watson
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Yeah that is pretty insane. Some people sell it on craigslist. A friend of mine in Hong Kong is ordering it.

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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm

People really overreact. When they were predicting 'snow' for this area a few weeks ago, people in Marin went out and bought SNOW SHOVELS....ridiculous.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Maybe now they can use those snow shovels to shovel in the potassium iodide, sheesh.

I get the water purification & emergency preparedness stuff, of course, but folding that in w/the geiger counters, kelp supplies - well, I guess that waste of $$ is good for the stores.

How come no one mentions that the rain today has been a great dispersal agent?

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 19, 2011 at 9:18 pm

The critical threats to Palo Alto are the toxic heavy metal from China
--lead, mercury and the other toxic metals that have been poisoning CA for years

Plus the toxic foods and building materials

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Posted by ding
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Mar 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm

and laundry detergent fumes all over the valley nightly and daily!! horrible invisible ,but just as thick as smoke!!! yuck!!!

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Posted by JJ Soteria
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 26, 2011 at 6:09 am

"I was a little frantic the first day, but then I started listening to NPR," she said. That provided better perspective and in-depth discussion on the relative risks to California, she said. "It's still a scary thing to deal with, no matter what or where you are."

Thank you for bringing some humor to a serious situation..."...but then I started listening to NPR...". You just can't make this stuff up!