In California, home to two seaside nuclear plants located close to earthquake fault lines, federal officials said four of the 11 stationary monitors were offline for repairs or maintenance last week.
The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday reopened the Santa Cruz Harbor, which was closed after about 100 boats were damaged or sunk by the tsunami that rolled ashore on March 11.
State lawmakers sought answers at a hearing Monday in Sacramento. They also heard about tsunami damage in California from the March 11 earthquake off Japan’s coast.
20 physical therapy students from Japan arrived in San Francisco Friday to learn American techniques of healing and strengthening bodies.
The first radioactive fallout from Japan’s crippled nuclear plant reached California early Friday, but the readings indicate levels far below those that could endanger people.
California emergency officials said they hope to complete a tsunami damage estimate as early as next week to submit to the federal government in an aid request for wave-battered harbors.
While state and federal health officials are downplaying the risk of nuclear radiation from Japan, the EPA is deploying more electronic radiation monitors.
Port Director Lisa Ekers revised her estimate to $22.5 million in tsunami-related damage to Santa Cruz Harbor, up from $17 million.
The intensifying nuclear crisis in Japan is raising anxieties on both sides of the Pacific over the potential impacts of radiation exposure.
Many Bay Area sushi bars are facing a supply shortage of fresh seafood, as they purchase it from markets and distributors in Japan.