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RADIATION RISK

ARE OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD AT RISK FROM RADIATION FROM JAPAN? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Small amounts of radiation from the nuclear plant in Japan damaged in the recent earthquake and tsunami are being detected worldwide. Should we all begin taking potassium iodide tablets or institute other precautions? Mahadavappa Mahesh, chief physicist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, says thereís no need for alarm.

MAHESH: Already Japan government has taken special precautions to block any food coming out of that particular region and also water from that region. Because of that we should not be overly concerned about the radiation risk right now. Itís a moving target so we need to keep watching however as of now, any radiation detected in the US is so small it almost merges with the background.       :22

People living near the reactor and those who have been working at the facility do have reason for concern but conditions are being monitored very closely there. At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.


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