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Re: [cdn-nucl-l] " The blaring sound of a gas leak "
> The siren, which wails like an air-raid alarm, has four speakers to carry
> the call in all directions over a radius of at least 1.5 kilometres. About
> 8,000 people live in that radius.
I once learned a lesson from a siren. As a teenager in Ottawa I was
riding my bicycle one day when all the air raid sirens went off all
over the neighbourhood. I knew what that meant - the Russians had
launched their ICBMs. Fifteen minutes to live. I thought about
racing for home, then wondered why. Sitting there in despair I looked
around the neighbourhood. No one was paying any attention to the
sirens! Was I in the twilight zone? Did they not hear them?
Everyone was just going about their business, taking in groceries,
playing baseball, mowing lawns, etc. - oblivious to the wailing.
After about twenty minutes the sirens stopped and life continued as
I later heard that a hunter had fired and hit one of the siren system
components, causing a short circuit that set off the sirens. I could
not confirm this story.
The lesson was that people do not react in the way that they are
supposed to. They react in ways that make sense to them in the short
term. These siren systems cause more worry and trouble than they
save. Their ugliness alone is enough of a reason to remove them.
Randal Leavitt gnupg public key: bbbad04d
Registered User 267646 at http://counter.li.org/