Answering a looming question from the ongoing catastrophe in Japan, the Oregon Health Authority announced this afternoon that radiation from potential nuclear meltdowns there poses no threat to Oregonians.
In a news release, state Public Health Director Mel Kohn says the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave the all-clear.
thousands of miles between the two countries, Hawaii, Alaska, the U.S.
Territories and the U.S. West Coast are not expected to experience any
harmful levels of radioactivity," the news release says. "There have been no
elevated radiation readings detected in Oregon and air samples remain
normal. Given the current size of the release and the distance from
Oregon, we do not expect that to change and there is no public health
risk to the state."
The announcement comes after waves from the tsunami caused by last week's 8.9-magnitude Pacific quake did damage on the Oregon coast near Brookings.