From the monthly archives:

April 2011

Everyone seems to be worried about whether the destruction of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan will affect California or the United States.

So far the answer is no.

Trace amounts of radiation from Japan have been found in the U.S. But experts from several agencies have concluded that there is no health risk. These agencies include the California Department of Health, the American Nuclear Society, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other similar bodies.

Our state’s health department has been testing the air. They say the trace amounts of radiation detected from Japan were ten thousand times below any amount that would be damaging to humans. The reality is, the amount of radiation from Fukushima is negligible compared to the background radiation we’re exposed to every day from the sun, medical tests, household gadgets, or flying in an airplane.