Radioactive cloud hits U.S. aircraft carrier sailing in Pacific — Helicopters coated with radiation

Published: March 14th, 2011 at 12:34 am ET
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Military Crew Said to Be Exposed to Radiation, but Officials Call Risk in U.S. Slight, New York Times, March 13, 2011:

The Pentagon was expected to announce that the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, which is sailing in the Pacific, passed through a radioactive cloud from stricken nuclear reactors in Japan, causing crew members on deck to receive a month’s worth of radiation in about an hour, government officials said Sunday.

The officials added that American helicopters flying missions about 60 miles north of the damaged reactors became coated with particulate radiation that had to be washed off. …

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Radioactive Releases in Japan Could Last Months, Experts Say, New York Times, March 13, 2011:

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… So far, Japanese officials have said the melting of the nuclear cores in the two plants is assumed to be “partial,” and the amount of radioactivity measured outside the plants, though twice the level Japan considers safe, has been relatively modest.

But Pentagon officials reported Sunday that helicopters flying 60 miles from the plant picked up small amounts of radioactive particulates — still being analyzed, but presumed to include cesium-137 and iodine-121 — suggesting widening environmental contamination. …

Published: March 14th, 2011 at 12:34 am ET
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