Radiation Levels from Japan ‘Should Be Minuscule’ Says ABC News Medical Editor [AUDIO]

March 18, 2011 11:28 am

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ABC News chief health and medical editor and former Centers for Disease Control director Dr. Richard Besser phoned into “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” Friday morning to discuss the potential chances of harmful radiation from Japan reaching American shores.

“Should radiation reach the U.S. the levels would be minuscule,” explained Dr. Besser. “They would not be at a level to damage help, most of the experts are saying radiation will not even reach the shores of the U.S.”

“This event seems to be more of a local event (in comparison to the events that took place in Chernobyl), the reaction is different, so there’s going to be a lot of radiation release there in Japan, but its ability to travel great the great distances that would be required to reach the US really isn’t there. But that doesn’t mean to be complacent to not monitor and be ready should everyones feelings about this not hold up.”

To hear the entire interview listen below:

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