400,000 times normal levels! Yeah, but don't worry. That was way back in March, almost nine months ago. Yes, we know, we could have told you earlier. But we needed to monitor the situation so that we could give you the good news.
The article continues: "It took three months before the volume of radioactive substances returned to normal levels." You see? Be happy! Yes, we know we could have told you this six months ago, but we've been rather busy.
Wait a minute.
I seriously doubt "normal levels" were ever obtained, as normal levels of radioactive Xenon-133 are very close to zero. Xenon-133 has a half-life of 5.25 days. It is true that a one-time release of Xenon-133 will almost vanish within 90 days (only .00075% of the original amount will remain). However, given that we have three active nuclear melt-downs in Fukushima, and that radioactive Iodine-133 (half-life 20.8 hours) is being released continuously by these reactions, and that Iodine-133 decays into Xenon-133, well, I smell stinking liars.
The article finishes with this, "Since xenon-133 hardly reacts to any other substance, there is no fear of internal exposure to radiation even if inhaled, experts say."
Xenon is a noble gas, meaning it is chemically non-reactive. But this is Xenon-133, an unstable radioactive isotope that releases beta and gamma radiation. It is radioactive! The closer you are to the radiation, the more damage it does to your tissues and DNA. If you inhale it, you just got intimate with it, meaning you can't get any closer.
"No fear of internal exposure to radiation even if inhaled" ???
I think my sense of smell was right.
even if inhaled.