Radiation Risk for Troops in Post-Quake Japan to be Probed
The military plans to calculate exactly how much radiation U.S. servicemembers were exposed to when the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Station was damaged by the March 11 earthquake in Japan. The U.S. Pacific Command's top surgeon, Rear Adm. Michael H. Mittelman, tells the Stars and Stripes:
The Stars and Stripes estimates nearly 20,000 troops, including sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan and Marines from Camp Pendleton, took part in Operation Tomodachi after the country of Japan was ravaged by an earthquake and tsunami. The military will calculate their potential radiation exposure based on soil, air, and water samples. Then:
The results of the radiation investigation will be available in a 18 months.