Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Japan nuclear health risks minimal, experts say

Radiation levels haven't climbed high enough to cause immediate health problems, which could include symptoms like nausea, vomiting and burns associated with large, one-time bursts of radiation. But the threat from long-term exposure to lower levels of radiation remains a worry, especially for workers inside the nuclear plant. Such exposure could cause cancers and genetic damage decades from now. "In Japan, this is very serious. And if I were in the area, I'd be moving out of there," said Thomas McKone, an environmental health sciences adjunct professor at UC Berkeley. More>