U.S. Nuclear Official: Radiation "Not Expected" To Reach Hawaii

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced Wednesday that Hawaii, Alaska, the U.S. Territories and the U.S. West Coast are not expected to experience harmful levels of radioactivity from the damaged Japanese nuclear power plant.

"In response to nuclear emergencies, the NRC works with other U.S. agencies to monitor radioactive releases and predict their path. All the available information continues to indicate Hawaii, Alaska, the U.S. Territories and the U.S. West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity," the agency said in a statement.

Also on Wednesday, NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko offered a much bleaker assessment of Japan's nuclear crisis than the Japanese government has been putting out. The commission has recommended U.S. citizens evacuate the 50 mile radius surrounding the Fukushima nuclear reactors — an area that is 4 times larger than the recommended evacuation radius given by the government of Japan.

Read it at the New York Times.

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