Just a few hours ago I received a text message that goes like this:

 

BBC news: Japan govt confirms radiation leak at fukushima nuclear plants. Asian countries should take necessary precautions. Remain indoors first 24 hrs. close doors and windows. Swab neck skin with betadine where thyroid area is, radiation hits thyroid first. Radiation may hit Philippines starting 4pm today. Please pass.

 

Some good for nothing idiot created this text message and it spread like wild fire. Now, everyone’s even more panicked than before. True, there is a chance of radiation from Japan reaching the Philippines, but there are certain conditions for that to happen. To make a chain text message and spread more panic is a BAD idea. The worse part of this is people tend to quickly believe this text message. Me? I’m the number one skeptic when it comes to forwarded text messages warning about this and that…

So, what do you do when you get something like this?

Check out the facts first!

Almost everyone has access to the internet now. Why not check out that ‘news’ from BBC website? That was what I did exactly and ten minutes later I didn’t see any warning that radiation may hit the Philippines!

Check out other credible news websites like:

http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/309254/no-worries-japanese-meltdown-effects-ndrrmc

This is the Manila Bulletin website.

http://www.manilatimes.net/news/topstories/nuclear-crisis-under-watch-but-dost-assures-no-danger-exists/

This is the Manila Times website. Or if you want it in the local language, try this one:

http://www.rmnnews.com/beta/index.php/news/national/11428-radiation-leak-sa-isang-nuclear-plant-sa-japan-malabong-umabot-sa-pilipinas-ayon-sa-dost

There are a lot of CREDIBLE news websites on the web now, why would you spend money by forwarding that crappy text message, and add even more panic to people?  The sad part about this is there is no way to trace where that text message originated. People like that should get punished, I have an idea in mind. You tell me what you would like to do to the person who made that text message. Who knows, we might be thinking of the same thing!

 

 

 

 

 

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