A diplomat, with access to the U.N.’s Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organizations tracking equipment, is reporting that Radioactive fallout from Japan has started reaching the West Coast. The Diplomat says that so far the readings are below hazardous levels.
What’s so troubling about this report is the fallout is from the first explosion. By all accounts the first explosion pushed only small amounts of radioactive materials into the air. Since there is speculation that all four reactors have been in some form of meltdown for the last couple of days, the worst could be yet to come.
I think the government needs to start taking this seriously and needs to let the public know that they may be at risk. The first radiation leaks were very small in comparison to what was pushed into the environment after explosions ripped apart the reactor buildings in subsequent days. If these small amounts can reach us, then why is no one talking about what could be on the way?
For over a week these reactors have been spewing radioactive materials into the air. The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency released a statement yesterday that said, they believed that there may be no water at the number 4 reactors spent- fuel cooling pool. If these Fuel rods are exposed to air they can catch fire and let out massive levels of radioactive materials into the air. When the radiation from the spent fuels rods hit the jet stream, what kind of levels will we see then?
UPDATE 3-28-2011 4:40 P.M.
UPDATE: 10:30 a.m. PST 3-18-2011
- Japanese government now considering burying the nuclear reactors under concrete because the situation is beyond control.
- Head of TEPCO breaks down after a press conference after admitting that radiation levels coming from the reactors and spent fuel rods was enough to kill some Japanese citizens.
UPDATE: 4:05 p.m. PST 3-18-2011
Current Weather Patterns across the Pacific.
UPDATE: 6:05 p.m. PST 3-19-2011
A spokesman from the IAEA told CNN this afternoon that trace levels of radiation have been detected across the United States, with the first measurable levels showing up in Sacramento. The IAEA said that the exact measurements could not be released because of international treaties.
The spokesman said that the amount of radiation hitting the U.S. is too small to cause any health problems but admitted that if the reactor keeps emitting radioactive particles, the situation may have to be reassessed.