Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Radiation hot line open for concerned Californians; health officials reassert that there's no risk expected | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

Radiation hot line open for concerned Californians; health officials reassert that there's no risk expected | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

California Department of Public Health officials have opened a phone hot line to address concerns about local radiation exposure in the aftermath of a crisis at a Japanese nuclear power complex damaged in last week's earthquake and tsunami.

The action came as health officials seek to calm fears about potential fallout as Japanese nuclear experts struggle to contain the aftermath of fires, explosions and nuclear fuel-rod exposure at the six-reactor Fukushima power complex, about 150 miles north of Tokyo.

“What we’re being told is that there is no threat to California at this time,” said Mike Sicilia, a spokesman for the California Department of Public Health. “It’s a matter of distance. Dangerous radioactivity could not cross the 5,0000 miles of the Pacific without petering out.”

Anyone with concerns may contact the department's hotline in English and Spanish at
(916) 341-3947. The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention in Atlanta also has made a line available to anyone with questions at (800)CDC-INFO.

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