Concern grows over risks at Indian Point
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) has ordered a safety review of the Indian Point nuclear plant as concern grows among residents near the plant following the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan.
Nearly 15 million people live within a 50-mile radius of the plant, the same distance the U.S. government has asked U.S. citizens to be from the crippled nuclear facility in Japan.
Won-Young Kim, a respected expert in the field of seismology, says that the risk of an earthquake like the magnitude-9.0 quake in Japan is unlikely to strike the tri-state area, however, a smaller quake is still possible and the two major fault lines sit very close to the Indian Point facility.
Some residents are taking matters into their own hands and stocking up on potassium iodine tablets similar to the ones being distributed in Japan. The tablets help reduce radiation accumulation in the thyroid gland if exposed.
The pills are available at the Rockland Fire Training Center. Officials advise residents not to take them unless there is an actual nuclear emergency.
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