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Experts: Don't Worry About Radiation from Japan Nuke Plant in U.S.


Experts say the amounts will be minor and well within limits that are safe, but small amounts of radiation from the Fukushima Nuclear Power plant currently in crisis in Japan will reach California by tomorrow.

The L.A. Times reports:

A network of sensors in the U.S. and around the world is watching for the first signs of that fallout, though experts said they were confident that the amount of radiation would be well within safe limits.

Atmospheric experts said the material should begin showing up on the West Coast as early as Friday, though it could take up to an additional week for the 5,000-mile trip from Japan to Southern California. Although the organization has told its member countries that the first indication of radiation would hit on Friday, the plume from a North Korean nuclear test in 2006 took about two weeks to travel to North America, U.N. officials said.

Radiation Forecast levels of radiation on March 18, at 2 am (unclear what time zone) are shown in the screencap above.



The projection, by the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, an arm of the United Nations in Vienna, gives no information about actual radiation levels but only shows how a radioactive plume would probably move and disperse.

The forecast, calculated Tuesday, is based on patterns of Pacific winds at that time and the predicted path is likely to change as weather patterns shift.

Experts assure there is no need to worry in the U.S.

The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory B. Jaczko, said Monday that the plume posed no danger to the United States. “You just aren’t going to have any radiological material that, by the time it traveled those large distances, could present any risk to the American public,” he said in a White House briefing.


Meanwhile, the situation in Japan worsens.

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  1. No need to worry perhaps, but frightening nonetheless.

    Posted by: Ian | Mar 17, 2011 8:23:10 AM

  2. Phew, it's no big deal. It's not like we are fish or part of the ecosystem in some way...oh wait..

    Posted by: SN | Mar 17, 2011 8:23:51 AM

  3. No need to worry? It's not like Japan's on another planet. Wake up!

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 17, 2011 8:53:41 AM

  4. This is just great. The reason I went to Nursing school was so that I can go to SoCal and live there (from Ohio). I have one more year left. So excited to go, and this is what I get???? Seriously!? By the time I'll be able to move there, the beaches are probably off limits due to high radioactive waters! FML. ugh. hmm I guess bad things come for those who wait. :/

    Posted by: Jay | Mar 17, 2011 9:09:36 AM

  5. jay

    No, the beaches of SoCal will not be closed to being radioactive

    More likely due to human sewage which often does close SoCal beaches

    The worse is Imperial beach SD and u need to make sure you have your shots before entering the water on days you are allowed to enter the water

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | Mar 17, 2011 10:11:40 AM

  6. The japan EQ, tsunami, nuke accident is just latest 24/7 media bread&circus. It's already getting old. What happened to the Mideast 'Crisis'? Libya, Egypt, etc., have suddenly dropped off the radar screen. What happened to the financial collapse, the trillions stolen, the economic crisis? Has it ended? No, not at all. The too big to fail banks and financial institutions are consolidating their power and are even more powerful and influential than ever before. Where's the reform? Where's the criminal prosecution? Oh, I forgot, only one 'Crisis' at a time, and that's all old news now.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 17, 2011 10:30:56 AM

  7. Hopefully they will get the situation under control soon

    Posted by: Auctioneer | Mar 17, 2011 12:25:14 PM

  8. @Ratbastard: More importantly, what happened to Charlie Sheen?

    Great, for my birthday, I'm getting a dose of radiation from Japan. Happy Birthday to me.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 17, 2011 12:49:00 PM

  9. Aw, Jay and Randy, that sucks! Thousands died and are still dying from the initial earthquake, devastating tsunami floods, and series of meltdowns. Meanwhile the survivors come home to find their families and homes wiped out and will soon have to face a plummeting economy. And to top it all off, now the beaches might be closed! You two must be the unluckiest guys in the world.

    Posted by: rafi | Mar 17, 2011 2:38:14 PM

  10. japan has witnessed the worst possible disasters in recent times...the nuke radiations are coming back to haunt them again....read more here...

    Posted by: tarosh | Mar 18, 2011 3:30:51 AM

  11. We must search alternative to produce power

    Posted by: Prasad | Mar 19, 2011 5:17:59 AM

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