SHOCKWAVES

Japan Radiation Hits California

While Japan scrambles to contain a growing nuclear crisis, trace amounts of radiation from the earthquake-devastated country have hit the U.S. Monitors in Sacramento, California, picked up small amounts of radiation, officials report, though at levels far removed from what would be deemed unhealthy. Meanwhile, Alaska’s Aleutian Islands are also dealing with a plume from the meltdown, triggering concerns about the health of the local fish. Back in Japan, authorities raised the nuclear alert level from four to five on a seven-point scale, and in a national address, Prime Minister Naoto Kan vowed to carry on and “rebuild from scratch.”