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Radiation from Japan Could Hit U.S. by Friday

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A dire prediction -- the radiation from the crippled Japanese nuclear power plant could hit the United States by Friday. However, experts say there is nothing to fear.

The United Nations Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization predicts the toxic cloud will reach Southern California, then eventually push into Nevada, Arizona and Utah, according to London's Daily Mail, quoting a report in The New York Times.

In issuing its frightening claim, the group did not say how much radiation will be in that cloud. However, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said over the weekend that it does not expect any harmful radiation to reach the country.

It said given the thousands of miles over the Pacific that the cloud must travel, most of the radiation will have dissipated by the time it gets here. The NRC points out that is exactly what happened during the Chernobyl disaster 26 years ago.

But people panic just at the hint that radiation could be on the way. For example, there has been a run on anti-radiation pills in the U.S. They are selling out at pharmacies all over the country.

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