I think most of us sensed that there was something wrong with this map, but it has definitely now been established as a fraud. Thanks to Sally.
Millions Of Americans Will Not Be Killed By Nuclear Fallout In Two Weeks, It’s Just A Fake Map
By @DarrylMason March 13, 2011
Australian Radiation Services finds itself inadvertently caught up in a fast spreading online hoax, following the unnerving explosion at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, after yesterday’s 8.9 earthquake and 10 metre tsunami.
This is the hoax :
The authorative looking logo was stolen from here :
The Nuclear Fallout Map is fake simply because Australian Radiation Services don’t issue such maps. It was likely chosen before ARS offices are closed until Monday, as they are most weekends, making it harder for journalists who decide to pursue it to make contact.
This unsourced and likely dodgy chart (nausia?) is also being heavily circulated, on social networking sites, forums and email, along with the fake Nuclear Fallout Map :
0-50 rads – No obvious short-term effects
80-120 rads – You have a 10% chance of vomiting and experiencing nausia for a few days
130 -170 rads – You have a 25% chance of vomiting and contracting other symptoms
180-220 rads – You have a 50% chance of vomiting and having other severe physical effects
270-330 rads – 20% chance of death in 6 weeks, or you will recover in a few months.
400-500 rads – 50% chance of death
550-750 rads – Nausia within a few hours ; no survivors
The fake map shows a huge nuclear fallout cloud of 750 rads engulfing millions of Americans by March 22. So, if you were a West Coast living American, the fake map and the above numbers might lead you to believe you and all your family and neighbours will be dying within 6 to 10 days.
But there are some interesting things happening on social networking sites and public online forums about that map.
First off, there are thousands of people on Twitter and Facebook shouting down claims this Nuclear Fallout Map is the real deal and pointing out exposure to 750 rads will not “cause nausia within a few hours; no survivors”.
Also, discussion pages, linked in Google search to ‘Nuclear Fallout Map, claiming the map is very, very real and The Truth Is Being Suppressed By The Media are disappearing or turning up blank. Google also appears to be jigging their search results so searches for the map will expose users to sites pointing out its utter fakeness.
But at the same time, at least a few dozen Twitter spam accounts (fake accounts pumping exact same tweet & link) are busily flogging the Nuclear Fallout Map, also claiming it’s very, very real, and the truth is being suppressed, presumably aiming to spread panic in the United States. Most of these fake accounts only became active shortly after the fake Nuclear Fallout Map started circulating online.