Speaking to ABC News, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku said, "This could be a Chernobyl in the making. We are now going into uncharted territory, we are thinking the unthinkable."
These inflamatory statements came after hydrogen released from the super-hot nuclear rods ignited, creating an explosion at the plant that was disabled after the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami.
There is a six-mile area being cleared around the reactor. Medical iodine is being readied. If there is a radioactive release of dangerous iodine, the inert iodine being distributed would prevent the body from absorbing as much of the toxins.
California is downwind from Japan, as the jet stream reaches eastward across the Pacific, but right now, it appears any effects from radioactive releases would be extremely local, possibly within 20 miles of the nuclear core.
Watch the entire interview: