Storm Chasing Fever - Blog - Japan Nuclear Fallout to reach Los Angeles, U.S.?
Japan Nuclear Fallout to reach Los Angeles, U.S.?
Mar 15, 2011
>The earthquake and tsunami that has caused catastrophic damage to the Fukushima nuclear power plant increased more radiation leakage into the atmosphere over Japan today. While experts say radioactive fallout spreading east across the Pacific is likely, there is some concern the radiation may reach the west coast of the United States.
Here is current animation showing the potential dispersion of the radioactive cloud over the Northern Hemisphere. This animation displays a potential dispersion of the radioactive cloud (Caesium 137 Isotope) after the nuclear accident in reactor Fukushima I. The continuous release rate is very uncertain, thus the calculations have to be interpreted qualitatively. Dispersion in the near surface level (Level 1), in appr. 2500 m height (Level 12) and in appr. 5000 m height (Level 16).
Radiation detected in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado and parts of the East Coast:
The continuing leakage of radiation takes about 4 to 6 days to reach the western coast of the United States from Japan. This is concerning some and raising questions since exposure to radiation can increase the risks of cancer including thyroid. Currently, the crises has caused a jump in iodide tablet purchases across the country. Unfortunately, most of the radiation will affect the citizens of Japan.
As for the United States, last week radiation was detected across California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado and Hawaii . Now this week, the radiation has spread to Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Most experts are continuing to emphasize any fallout effects are below harmful levels to humans. It is strongly suggested to keep alert of the changing conditions since the situation is fluid.
Currently with the situation unfolding in Japan it is too early to tell if this will be another Chernobyl or not. While unlikely, many experts have their own views and predicted outcomes as the situation remains uncertain.