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California Nuclear Safety Examined Following Japan Quake

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.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/21/2011

Japan nuclear reactor

Miniscule Radiation Fallout Reaches California

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.

CBS San Francisco–03/18/2011

The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan on Tuesday, March 15, 2011. (Credit: DigitalGlobe)

EPA Installs More Radiation Detectors On The West Coast

While state and federal health officials are downplaying the risk of nuclear radiation from Japan, the EPA is deploying more electronic radiation monitors.



Good Question: What Is A Nuclear Meltdown?

It has become one of the biggest concerns as a nuclear crisis continues in Japan. Marjorie in Berkeley asked this Good Question: Exactly what is a nuclear meltdown? What are the long-term effects?

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/16/2011

The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan on Tuesday, March 15, 2011. (Credit: DigitalGlobe)

From Tokyo To Calif., Radiation Tracking Gets Crowdsourced

The intensifying nuclear crisis in Japan is raising anxieties on both sides of the Pacific over the potential impacts of radiation exposure.

CBS San Francisco–03/15/2011

A bottle of Potassium Iodide is seen at the West Marin Pharmacy on March 15, 2011 in Point Reyes Station. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Fallout Fears Cause Bay Area Run On Potassium Iodide

Japan’s nuclear crisis is spiking demand in the Bay Area and much of the West Coast for a cheap drug that can protect against one type of radiation damage—even though the risk is only in Japan.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/15/2011

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. (County of San Luis Obispo)

Utilities Say California Nuclear Plants Can Handle Quakes

Operators at California’s two nuclear plants say their facilities can withstand a higher magnitude earthquake than scientists predict could ever strike the plants.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/14/2011

UN Nuke Agency Warns Monitoring of Iran Hampered

VIENNA (AP) _ In an unusually blunt warning, the U.N. atomic agency said Monday that its monitoring of Iran’s nuclear activities is being hampered because Tehran objects to giving some agency inspectors access to its […]