It's a big ocean between northeastern Japan and the United States and thousands of miles from the crippled nuclear power plant to much of Asia. That means there's little chance — at least for now — that radiation from the shattered reactors could pose a serious threat to the wider world.
Experts say the amount of radioactivity emitted by the facility has been relatively minor and should dissipate quickly over the Pacific Ocean.
"Every mile of ocean it crosses, the more it disperses," said Peter Caracappa, a radiation safety officer and clinical assistant professor of nuclear engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.
The only people at immediate risk are workers inside the plant and the people living closest to it. The danger of radiation exposure elsewhere is minuscule — unless the plant sustains a complete meltdown, which would sharply escalate the dangers.
Japanese officials told the International Atomic Energy Agency on Tuesday that a fire had broken out in a fuel storage pond where used nuclear fuel is kept cool and that radiation had been "released directly into the atmosphere."
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Answer by Carpy at 12:13 PM on Mar. 16, 2011
If one was going to jump to conclusions of nuclear issues impacted the US, I would think there would be greater risk of this, "Canada regulator reports water leak at nuclear plant" Jump to conclusions and speculate who is defining Negligible.. But Japan, impacting the US? Not jumping to conclusions, yet.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:48 PM on Mar. 16, 2011
They use to test above ground nuclear bombs right here in this country in the late 1940's and 50's. They would explode them in the New Mexico and Nevada deserts. Nobody ever died from them.
Now excuse me, my third eye is running and I have to wipe it. Good thing I have this extra arm growing out from my back to reach the Kleenex behind me.
Answer by Natesmom507 at 1:42 PM on Mar. 16, 2011