Expert: Nuclear radiation could spread to U.S. — At least 3 nuclear facilities at risk

Published: March 13th, 2011 at 8:25 pm ET
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<a href=”http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/Expert-Nuclear-Radiation-Could-Spread-Far-Beyond-Japan-117899079.html” target=”_blank”>Expert: Nuclear Radiation Could Spread Far Beyond Japan</a>, VOANews, March 13, 2011:
<blockquote>An American nuclear expert says radiation from Japan <strong>could spread across the Pacific</strong> and reach the United States if a complete meltdown occurs at a Japanese nuclear facility damaged as a result of last week’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

Nuclear expert Joseph Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund says Japan’s nuclear crisis is in a critical phase. “One of the [Japanese] reactors has had half the core exposed already. This is the one they are now flooding with seawater in a desperate effort to prevent a complete meltdown.”

Cirincione spoke on the Fox News Sunday television program. He said the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Japan’s northeast coast is one of at least three nuclear facilities at risk.

Japan has evacuated civilians from areas surrounding the troubled plant, but Cirincione says radiation could spread far beyond Japan if efforts to contain the crisis fail.</blockquote>

Published: March 13th, 2011 at 8:25 pm ET
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