Halfway around the world, the Japanese government has upgraded the severity of the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant, and expanded the evacuation zone to 30 kilometers (18.6 miles).
The US government, meanwhile, is asking all Americans within an 80-km radius — almost 50 miles — to leave.
That should be a wake-up call to Westport.
As the website Gizmodo graphically shows, we’re well within that 80-km radius, should anything dire happen to the Indian Point Station, just south of Peekskill.
We’re also just a cloud or 2 out of range of a disaster at the Millstone Nuclear Plant near New London.
Indian Point has been designed to withstand an earthquake 100 times the magnitude of the strongest quake ever recorded in the area.
And, as Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has reassured us, “We believe that reactor is safe. There is constant scrutiny of the reactors in all of our plants around the United States.”
I’m just sayin’…