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Top nuclear scientists help Japan with nuke calculations

Prof. Jasmina VujicMonday, March 14, 2011, East Bay NewsOlander

BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO, ABC Channel 7) -- Some of the top nuclear scientists and engineers reside in the Bay Area and they are monitoring the nuclear facility in Japan after last week's 9.0 earthquake. Some from UC Berkeley have been helping the situation in Japan.

"We calculated yesterday, as you can see on our board, about 40 gallons of water per minute to remove this decay heat from the reactor," said Professor Jasmina Vujic.

"It certainly hasn't gotten through the pressure vessel which is the key," said Professor Don Olander. Olander also played down Monday's radiation spike saying it reached 800 mili-rems per hour. In comparison, the average CT scan exposes a patient to 1,000 mili-rems. "They talk about radiation levels which are several times allowable. Well that's still very low," said Olander. Read more.

BBC Today, March 16, 2011
 Dr Jasmina Vujic, professor of nuclear engineering at the University of California, analyses what may be happening inside the plant. Listen here.

KQED radio interview with Prof. Peterson

Japan's Nuclear Crisis, KQED, Tue, Mar 15, 2011 - 9:00 amPeterson
Prof. Per Peterson, Chair of UC Berkeley Department of Nuclear Engineering, in this interview with KQED  host Michael Krasny, gives a detailed analyses of the situation at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan
Professor Per Peterson interviewed by National Public Radio
"Because there's iodine, this certainly was material that had come out of the reactors, not the spent fuel pools, because in those cases the iodine-131 is pretty much completely gone," he says.

U.S. Safe From Japan Radiation, Berkeley Lab Expert Says

Tom McKone, a senior staff scientist in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab’s) Environmental Energy Technologies Division, is an expert on health-risk assessments associated with exposure to environmental contaminants such as pesticides and radioactive material. He is also an expert in modeling the transport of chemicals across vast distances, and determining how this transport affects human health. Read full article.

"Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power"

"You will not be surprised to hear that the events in Japan have changed my view of nuclear power. You will be surprised to hear how they have changed it. As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology..." read the entire post here.

UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Air/Rain Monitoring Station

The UC Berkeley Department of Nuclear Engineering is currently performing measurements to detect a potential increase in radiation here in Berkeley that could be associated with the release of radioactive materials in Japan. A news video on the monitoring is available on ktvu.
Click here for every day updated monitoring results

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