Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Japan Nuke Accident Seen From Seattle

Radioactive particles wafting eastward over the Pacific Ocean from Japan have been spotted in Seattle and used by a forensic team of physicists as a window into recent events inside the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant 5,000 miles away. Working backward from these nuclear byproducts, the physicists have confirmed that contaminated steam is the source of this radiation, not spent fuel rods or material ejected directly from the reactor core. “We’d like to confirm that what’s coming over here is at a level which is tolerable,” says Berkeley Lab's Ed Morse. “So far that’s consistent with what we’re seeing.” More>