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.
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.
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.
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