Saturday, March 12, 2011

Is Los Angeles At Risk For Radiation Exposure Following Japanese Nuclear Power Plant Explosion ?

UPDATED : Breaking news :

UPDATED AND CORRECTED ! Concern for the safety for U.S. cities like Los Angeles following Japan's nuclear plant explosion.

In the latest news report, The Daily Mail reports that the "Nuclear Regulatory Commission admits it is 'quite possible' radiation could reach the U.S." Plus, given that Pacific Ocean jet stream moves wind currents from Japan to the West Coast of the United States, should there be any U.S. public health advisories issued for at-risk cities, like Los Angeles ?

Even as David McIntyre, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said, "Right now it's quite possible that there could be some radiation floating over the United States," the NRC "downplayed the threat to Americans," however. Mr McIntyre told the AFP: "We don't think that it would be particularly harmful... even in a worst case scenario," according to The Daily Mail.

Japanese government authorities are issuing emergency orders, advising residents to follow safety procedures and take other precautions following the nuclear power plant explosion in Fukushima. Residents within the immediate Fukushima radius are being told to stay indoors, turn off air conditioners, and avoid drinking tap water.

In The Los Angeles Times, news so far has centered around any lessons to be learned from the Japan earthquake itself, not from the damage to energy infrastructure, like to nuclear power plants, for example.

Thus far, the Japanese government has not issued radiation risk warnings to other countries. As of Saturday evening Japanese local time, an evacuation perimeter of 20 kilometers around the Fukushima nuclear power plant. On the RT news channel, a correspondent has reminded viewers that the Soviet government suppressed for several days the truth about the dangerous radiation levels following the Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown.

No announcement have yet to be made about any emergency preparedness plans for residents in Los Angeles, or other major U.S. West Coast cities.

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