There is another twist to the production of I123 by Coronal Mass Ejection that is slightly more troubling. The threat is not directly from the solar proton bombardment of Xenon 133, but rather from the proton bombardment of its decay product- Cesium 133. Xenon 133 has a half life of 5 days; the Cesium 133 it produces is stable and could be floating around for a long time.
I am going to use the described scenario in a novel as a way to take out the thyroids of every mammal on the sun facing side of the planet. The reality might be less apocalyptic, but it sure could be ugly if Fukushima remains a long term Xenon 133 pump in a period of much greater solar activity.
Updated 4/4/11 , 3:30 am. I emailed a well known English astrophysicist about the matter, hopefully he will provided some input.
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