Radiation from the compromised Fukushima Nuclear Plant in northern Japan is heading for the west coast, and will arrive sometime tomorrow in the late afternoon. Many Angelenos are worried about the consequences. Juan Fernandez, KCAL9 reporter, spoke with a Radiation Oncologist Dr. Afshin Safa, Northridge Hospital Leavey Cancer Center, to answer KCAL viewers most pressing questions and concerns about it’s effects. Find out what he said about sushi, the LA Marathon and why he doesn't recommend taking potassium iodide.
KCAL Viewers Asked: We are already exposed to background radiation – or every day radiation — will we be getting a double dose of radiation? What is the best way to protect myself form radiation? Should I stay home and cover up with a mask? What about potassium iodide? Will my pets and kids be okay to play outside?
KCAL viewers also asked: I am a surfer, so therefore always in the water. Is the Ocean water a risk of contamination? Can I eat sushi? And fruits and vegetables that we grow here? I live and work about 6-thousand-feet elevation. Is there higher risks at higher altitudes? Can I do the LA Marathon?
Thank you to CBS/KCAL9 for allowing the video to be used on Northridge Hospital's website.