Our thoughts go out to those in Japan related to their recent earthquake, tsunami, and reactor events. Many have been inquiring how Japan’s events impact us here in the USA and Swedish. Here is what we know:
- Experts at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Washington Department of Health do not expect significant levels of radioactivity in our state or any health risk from the situation in Japan.
- Even in the event of a significant release from the reactor, radiation should be diluted by winds and distance before reaching our state.
- Federal and state agencies will continue to monitor radiation levels in the air and rain water.
- Public Health does not recommend purchasing or using Potassium iodide (KI) pills. There’s no scenario involving the nuclear plants in Japan that would lead to a recommendation for people in Washington to take KI. More information on KI is available online from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/ki.asp.
Please see these notices from the Washington State Department of Health and World Health Organization. For more information, visit www.doh.wa.gov/Topics/japan2011.htm or www.kingcounty.gov/News/JapanResponse.
The events in Japan remind us of our own seismic vulnerability here in the Pacific Northwest. Please take the time to review and update personal preparedness plans, schools plans, and contingency plans for pets, children, and dependent adults. Here is a great link for personal preparedness: