The reported problems at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, have apparently sent across a wave of panic among the US citizens!
Despite the fact that meteorologists, radiation experts and federal, state and local government officials have been reiterating that there is no radiation-related danger in the US, frenzied people are calling up public health officials to know about the chances of the radiation drifting across the Pacific Ocean in dangerous levels.
That the panic level among the US residents is high can be gauged from the fact that West Coast pharmacy shelves reported that their stocks of potassium iodide pills – which are supposed to counter the effects of radiation - were depleted soon after the first news reports about the radiation leak at the Japanese power plant.
The panic among the US residents is also becoming an ideal scenario for opportunistic online sellers to make money --- some of them are hundreds of dollars for items advertised to offset radiation harm. These items, other than the potassium iodide pills, include kelp and air purification systems.
It is advised that before blowing up your money on needless radiation protection, visit the websites and hotlines developed by several health departments to check out the frequently asked questions (FAQs) and the latest information on local radiation levels! There apparently is no need to panic, as of now!