This post is a bit more metaphysics than physics, and overdue.
I have been reading the posts on this forum for the last week and it has turned from scientific discussion to a hangout for paranoid delusionals. I think everyone who is posting anxiety-dripping topics and replies needs to make a re-evalution.
The situation in Japan is pressing and important, but it has already been shown that unless you live in Japan, it's not anywhere near life-threatening or deserving of the hysterical rhetoric posted here.
How are the Japanese people dealing with this issue that is on their doorstep? They are scared, but are composed and functional. When you look across the board here, you see people that are driving themselves crazy with molehills being turned into mountains.
It's not good that we, as a society, screwed up and had this level of accident, but the world has seen worse, and yet we are still alive as a race.
I'm not going to downplay the risks, or say this will or won't cause people to get cancer or any other outcome; the control over that aspect is minimal.
However, in each of our lives, there are situations we can't control even though we can make adjustments. And, when your number is up, it's time.
What this boils down to, is that America had become the land of adult children, not adults. We are too sheltered and soft. No strength or constitution. Have some dignity, and if it's your time to go or face your fate, face it with courage and don't hide under the rug.
Do what you love, and don't let this stop you from living your lives. I would also recommend reading "On the Beach" if you already haven't.
Please bring on the science and leave the drama at the door.