Worried about Japanese nuclear fallout?

Posted by Trish Riley, March 14, 2011

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. — I woke up with the news of the explo­sion at the Fukushima Dai­ichi nuclear plant in Okuma, Fukushima Pre­fec­ture, Japan, and cool­ing trou­bles at the nearby Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Tomioka (also in Fukushima Prefecture).

So far there has only been small-scale releases of radioac­tive materials—not as much as had been released in the Three Mile Island inci­dent 1979.

Accord­ing to Tokyo Elec­tric Power Co. (TEPCO), which oper­ates the plant, the explo­sion at Fukushima Dai­ichi reac­tor No. 1 was a hydro­gen explo­sion which destroyed an outer wall and col­lapsed the roof of the build­ing that housed the reac­tor. While the reactor’s con­tain­ment shell remains intact, there remains a risk of a com­plete meltdown—and even greater disaster.

For those of you wor­ried about the poten­tial for radioac­tive fall­out reach­ing your homes in North Amer­ica, I offer this ser­vice (until some­thing bet­ter comes along or the cri­sis ends): I will gen­er­ate and post sur­face and upper-level weather maps for you to see the pres­sure and wind fields across the North Pacific Ocean. These will be posted with­out com­ment, so it is up to you to find some­one who can help you make sense of them.

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