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.
There were plenty of tense moments as the Ambassador Program participants struggled to make contact with their Kitakami counterparts.
A California official on Monday estimated that statewide damage from last week’s tsunami triggered by a massive offshore earthquake near Japan exceeds $40 million.
Last week’s deadly earthquake and tsunami in Japan has rocked stock markets around the world, forcing some Japanese companies to suspend their business.
Japan’s 8.9 earthquake was devastating, but only 10 percent of Californians have earthquake insurance.