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JAPAN’S NUCLEAR DRIFT: SHOULD AMERICA WORRY this was posted in Sept of this year (2013) written by Marshall Frank
If people dig hard enough they will find a number of articles, blogs and information disseminated on the I-net that should cause concern about growing health risks connected to the Fukushima nuclear meltdown following Japan’s tsunami of 2011.

Some of the more extreme notices allege that Americans have already been suffering an increase in deaths and disease from contaminated foods, particularly seafood, that have reached the shores of California to Alaska. These concerns, they say, also seep into the irrigation and agricultural systems which can contaminate vegetables, water and more.

Meanwhile, I might start asking my local grocers where the fish and vegetables come from before I buy. And, I will learn about the proper way to decontaminate or wash foods. I’m not an alarmist, but I have been around long enough to know that nuclear contimination in the human body manifests in two speeds: Fast and very very slow.Better safe than sorry.
The L.A. Times recently published an article which de-emphasizes the risks, but carefully leaves the door open for concern down the road.Click here: Is our seafood radioactive, or is it safe to eat? – latimes.com South Korea is banning all seafood from Japan Click here: S. Korea expands ban on fish from northeastern Japan, citing radiation concerns – The Washington Post These articles outside the media mainstream cite sources and raise major concerns.  Click here: Has Fukushima Radiation Already Killed 14,000 Americans? Will It Kill A Million Japanese? | Healing Justice Click here: LiberalAmerica.org | Holy Fukushima – Is Your Drinking Water Safe From Japanese Radiation? – LiberalAmerica.org  Click here: UPDATED: Holy Fukushima –  
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Oct 11 13 5:30 AM

Japan's Nuclear Crisis: United States Safe From Radiation, Say Engineers

Engineers still struggled today with Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and engineers warned that time may be running out before melting fuel rods spread dangerous radiation along the Japanese coastline.

The radiation could be deadly in the areas surrounding the plant. The Japanese government has ordered people to stay at least 12 miles away; the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission cautiously urged Americans in Japan to stay at least 50 miles away.

"This is very, very radioactive material," said Kenneth Bergeron, a physicist who has worked at Sandia National Laboratories. "If there is core on the floor and containment penetration, there will be significant public health consequences.

"But could the danger spread to American shores? Nuclear engineers and meteorologists said the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, is safe.

"These releases from the plant, because they're not elevated, because they're not getting up high in the atmosphere, they won't travel very far," said Kathryn Higley, director of the department of nuclear engineering at Oregon State University. "There are so many factors in our favor. Rain will knock it down. There are 5,000 miles of ocean between us and Japan. It will be diluted, it will mix with sea spray, long before it gets remotely close to us.

"President Obama, in his first statement on the nuclear crisis, also said Americans should not worry.

"I want to be very clear," he said at the White House Thursday. "We do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the West Coast, Hawaii, Alaska or U.S. territories in the Pacific.

"Nevertheless, the Environmental Protection Agency said that it was adding several monitors to its RadNet system of radiation detectors. The small monitors are scattered around the country and send their readings to EPA computers. The EPA said it was setting up two new ones in Hawaii, two in Guam, and three in Alaska.

The agency said it acted "in an abundance of caution," to gather new data. "As the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has said, we do not expect to see radiation at harmful levels reaching the U.S. from damaged Japanese nuclear power plants.

"The high-altitude winds over Japan are primarily out of the west -- good news for Japan in a worst-case scenario, if there were a large release of radiation into the air.

And if there is a worst case, with radioactive particles carried long-distance by upper-level winds?

In that case, "we will get some fallout on the West Coast 2-3 days after its release in Japan," said Edward Morse, a nuclear engineer at the University of California, Berkeley, in an e-mail to ABC News. "The levels will not be threatening to life and health but they will be observable.

"At Texas A&M University, Prof. Ken Bowman and graduate student Cameron Homeyer put together a computer projection showing that if any radiation from the March 14 explosion at the plant reached altitudes of 4-5 miles (6 km), it might pass over northern Alaska on Friday. But Bowman said his model was not designed to show the intensity of any plume getting that far.

"If any radiation were to make it here, it would be merely background levels," said Jere Jenkins, the director of Radiation Laboratories at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. "Nothing for people on the West Coast or people in the United States to be concerned about.

"Higley said she has been spending a lot of time over the last few days urging calm.


Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/japan-nuclear-plant-radiation-united-states-risk-engineers/story?id=13150089


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