The Japanese Nuclear Incident: Technical Aspects

Congressional Research Service
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41728.pdf

While some radioactive material from the Japanese incident may reach the United States, it appears most unlikely that this material will result in harmful levels of radiation. In traveling thousands of miles between the two countries, some radioactive material will decay, rain will wash some out of the air, and its concentration will diminish as it disperses…

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