Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Japan Nuclear Plant Explosion Acid Rain Hoax

First of all, I would like to convey my condolences to Japan for the recent earthquake and tsunami. It’s heartbreaking seeing so many homes destroyed and so many lives lost in such a short time. In conjunction with the latest nuclear plant leak, there are rumours being spread regarding acid rain that might cause burnt or skin cancer.

Yesterday, I received so many different versions of such message on my BBM:

“A nuclear power plant in Fukumi, Japan exploded at 4.30am today. If it rains tomorrow or later, don’t go outside. If you are outside, be sure that you have rain protectors. It’s acid rain. Don’t let it touch you. You may burn your skin, lose your hair or have cancer. Please pass, stay safe and remind everyone you know.”


People’s minds are so easily manipulated. When we receive the message, we panic and forward the message to everyone we can possibly reach, who then forward it to their friends and causing even more panic. Did anyone actually care to do some research and get the facts right before spreading the unwanted rumour? All the mass sendings must have really pleased the Telco companies. LOL.

In Manila, the rumour caused so much panic among the people they started buying antiseptic for radiation protection! It was reported that Betadine in pharmacies are all sold out! More info here.

Wow, looks like Telco companies aren’t the only business that should feel pleased.

If you receive such message, do not worry as it’s a mere hoax. The radiation would not form acid rain and neither would it be blown over to our country as the wind from Japan is traveling towards the Pacific Ocean. Click to read the article.

Instead of wasting our time on the hoax, why not focus on how we can help the unfortunate nation that was struck by the disaster? :)

Update:It was further assured by The Straits Times that the forwarded text was indeed a hoax.


Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for your post, I live in Malaysia, and people were going crazy here as well, and I'm like hello are you that naive? Everyone was sending the message to their FB status and everything... Anyhow I thought it's so dull to think radiation in Japan will cause anything harmful in Malaysia which is 7 hours away by plane from Japan.

triplexace said...

Nuclear Plant got destroyed!

I don't agree with your views but you never know 2012 can be hoax aswell...

Copykate said...

Anonymous: I read that the situation is so much worse in Phliphines. At least people here aren't buying antiseptic or any sort for protection. Lol

Triplexace: Yea we know of the nuclear plant incidents, but my point is the text message which has been circulating around regarding the acid rain is a mere hoax :)

simonso said...

ya la ppl tiba tiba only.. i guess our own local meteorological department would give warning if it does lor.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the time you put in writing this post.

sirei said...

annoying bullshit rumors. ==