The full article is in the Daily Mail:
THE NEW YORK TIMES
UPDATES Saturday, March 19, 2011
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.
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, an adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.
“There is enormous dilution between Japan and here,” said McCone, who is also a senior staff scientist at the U.S. Energy Department’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “I don’t think there can be any measurable health impacts in California.”
After Chernobyl, experts found no measurable health effects to humans from direct radiation exposure outside of a 50-mile radius, according to McKone. Bombs tested in the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s released much more radiation than is coming from the Fukushima plant, crippled by Japan’s largest earthquake on record and the resulting tsunami, Masters said
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“We don’t know how much radiation is going to be exposed, but by the time anything is released and the distance that it has to travel, the amount would be extremely diluted,” explained Dr. Steven Seung with the Gamma Knife Center of Oregon.
So much so, Dr. Seung said, that we won’t even get measureable amounts along the West Coast.
“If you take a drop of arsenic and drop it in a pool of water, and you take a drop of the pool water, the amount of it will not be lethal compared to taking a straight drop of arsenic,” Seung explained as an analogy.
He added that Americans get more radiation on a daily basis from the sun.
G. D. Williams © 2011