Friday, March 18, 2011

Experts watch radiation levels, try to calm fears

Officials are trying to calm nerves in California by reassuring everyone there is no serious threat of radiation from Japan after reports from some scientists that radiation particles in the jet stream will reach Los Angeles by Friday. The federal government has moved more monitoring stations to the west coast to help in that effort. If or when any radioactive particles from Japan reach California, little plastic filters will tell scientists exactly what is floating in the air. One such filter was installed Wednesday on the roof of UC Berkeley's Department of Engineering building. Downstairs in the basement, nuclear engineers monitor the readings around the clock. "We want to tell the public and you and everyone what radiation, if there is any, what radiation we have to deal with," Berkeley Lab's Kai Vetter said.