Friday, March 18, 2011

Japanese Atomic Plume Doesn’t Pose Health Threat to U.S. Coast

Radiation wafting toward the U.S. from stricken nuclear reactors in Japan presents less of a danger than 1950s-era atomic weapons testing or the 1986 Chernobyl accident, weather experts and government officials said yesterday. Even in the worst-case scenario of a reactor meltdown at the Fukushima plant, dilution of the radiation by the Jet Stream and Pacific winds is likely to prevent harmful radiation from reaching the West Coast, said Thomas McKone of Lawrence Berkeley Lab. More>