Sales of iodine pills have soared in the United States amidst concerns of radiation fallout from Japan's nuclear crisis. From the Guardian:
The fires and explosions at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have prompted a massive increase in the sale of anti-radiation tablets in the US and Canada – despite health officials and a prominent UK scientist dismissing it as unnecessary.
A Uof I nuclear engineer says the situation in Japan could very well hault the nuclear energy program here in the U.S. for a while. Several experts say the Japanese authorities are underplaying the severity of the incident there, particularly on a scale called INES used to rank nuclear incidents. The Japanese have so far rated the accident a four on a one-to-seven scale, but that rating was issued on Saturday and since then the situation has worsened dramatically.
The death toll is rising in Japan and there is still plenty of concern about the possibility of a nuclear disaster. More than one million people are still without power and water and in some places, food...
The American Red Cross is accepting donations to help in the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Those who wish to donate can do so at RedCross.org or make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999. The money will go to those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.
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