By Friday, the first parts of the radioactive plum coming from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant will reach the US West Coast. No need to rush to buy iodine tablets or hide in your basement. Even detectable, the amount of the radiation is expected to be very low with extremely minor health consequences.
The NYT learned that the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission distributed to the agency’s member states, a document forecasting the movements of the radioactive plum. The objective is to prepare agencies to measure the radioactivity in case of a major event:
“It’s simply an indication,” said Lassina Zerbo, head of the agency’s International Data Center. “We have global coverage. So when something happens, it’s important for us to know which station can pick up the event.”
You may find here a link to the interactive map forecasting the movements of the radioactive plum across the pacific and US West Coast.
The full article of the NYT may be found here: