‘We have not detected any increases beyond what you’d expect historically. Nothing you can attribute to Japan,’ says Philip Fine of the South Coast Air Quality Management District in Southern California. (LAT)
Minuscule amounts of radioactive particles believed to have come from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant have been detected on the U.S. west coast, diplomatic sources said on Friday. The level of radioactivity was far too low to cause any harm to humans, they said. (Reuters)
Depending on who you talk to, nuclear fallout from Japan either is or is not raining down on California, albeit in trace amounts that everyone assures us are not harmful. Fine. I’m stepping out of my isolation bubble now, though it was rather enjoyable to ride to work in a hamster ball this morning.
But the fact that there’s clear division within the nuclear expert community, and that the giant explosion from Wednesday did actually send radioactive particles into the jet stream, and that these particles are going to start hitting California on Tuesday, and that nobody seems to want to address the possible effects of all this on the produce coming out of the Central Valley — yeah, I’m not quite ready to ratchet down my general state of unease just yet.