Although we are still in the spring break, I think people have idea what is happening in the world. The biggest thing that every country pays attention to is the earth quake, tsunami, and the most dangerous nuclear plant jeopardy happened in Japan.
I have been watching CNN for more than three days. The radiation in Japan is “extremely high”, and it may come to California recently. Fortunately, the radiation will not be dangerous for California residents, it is very small. However, the residents here is began to scare buying the “iodine” related thing.
On Mar 13, I searched on Amazon, the Kelp tablet (180 tablets) is $8.57 included shipping, and the iodine table (14 tablets) is around $ 8. However, when I checked Amazon on Mar 15, the kelp went up to more than $10, and the iodine table is soaring to $500!!!! I cannot believe my eyes. (I checked just now, it went back to $39, still higher than usuall).
This situation is also happening in my home country China. Many cities now is almost sold out of salt!!!!! I do not know who said that sea salt is good for prevet radiation, but just people are waiting a extremly long line to buy them!!!
This is one of the most popular business areas in Beijing, I cannot believe that so many people waiting to buy salt! It looks like salt can do everything. Actually, there is no authority said anything about salt will do benefit for the radiation. Rumors were made and people came out on the street.
This is a grocery in a southern city of China, there is a big sign said “Salt was sold out here, Thanks”.
Consumers were shocked that the shelf of salt was totally empty!!
This situation never happened before, even at the SARS period. However, some of friends they really need to buy salt for cooking, they cannot find at that moment. They need to go out to eat. Fortunately, Chinese government said the price will not go up, and ask people to be rational on scare buying.
The situation now is still not clear, we just pray for Japan and hope Japanese can make it, hope the radiation could be controled, and will not influence other regions. In addtion, wherever we live, let’s be rational on buying things, idine or salt or other products. We need to listen to the update news and I think even the radiation come to LA, the government will tell us the right things to do.