Health officer says Japan nuclear disaster will not reach us

Eastern Sierra Public Health Officer Dr. Rick Johnson has issued a media brief to say that many citizens have expressed japannuclearconcern about Japan’s unfolding nuclear disaster. Johnson lays out the problems but also says that there are no reasons to expect impacts here in the Eastern Sierra.

Some citizens have gone to local drug stores to buy potassium iodide pills which are given to people who live near nuclear power plants to protect them. Dr. Johnson sates that “A scenario in which Eastern Sierra residents would need potassium iodide is beyond my wildest imagination.”

Dr. Johnson said that it is not anticipated that people here will have to change their normal, daily activities. He said that a nuclear meltdown would be catastrophic for Japan but “would not affect us.” As for a release of radioactivity that would reach us, Johnson said “our distance from the blast would serve to protect us.

Our Health Officer recommends that we stay informed. He said he finds the BBC the best and most up-to-date source of news available. Johnson also points out that actions to prevent further problems with the nuclear power plants in Japan continue and the U.S. government continues to monitor radioactive releases.

Meanwhile, Johnson asks all of us how our emergency earthquake plan is coming.

Eastern Sierra Public Health Officer Dr. Rick Johnson has issued a media brief to say that many citizens have expressed concern about Japan’s unfolding nuclear disaster. Johnson lays out the problems but also says that there are no reasons to expect impacts here in the Eastern Sierra.

Some citizens have gone to local drug stores to buy potassium iodide pills which are given to people who live near nuclear power plants to protect them. Dr. Johnson sates that “A scenario in which Eastern Sierra residents would need potassium iodide is beyond my wildest imagination.”

Dr. Johnson said that it is not anticipated that people here will have to change their normal, daily activities. He said that a nuclear meltdown would be catastrophic for Japan but “would not affect us.” As for a release of radioactivity that would reach us, Johnson said “our distance from the blast would serve to protect us.

Our Health Officer recommends that we stay informed. He said he finds the BBC the best and most up-to-date source of news available. Johnson also points out that actions to prevent further problems with the nuclear power plants in Japan continue and the U.S. government continues to monitor radioactive releases.

Meanwhile, Johnson asks all of us how our emergency earthquake plan is coming.

 
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