Description: VICTORIA - The Province's Chief Health Officer is recommending do not dispense or stockpile potassium iodide tablets.
The tablets ward off the effects of radiation and people have been buying up all they can find fearing the disaster in Japan could make its way to the west coast.
Three days after a massive quake and a tsunami hit Japan, another hydrogen explosion at a nuclear power plant. It is the third in as many days.
The reactor can no longer cool itself and it is raising concerns about a possible meltdown.
Fear is setting in. Nearly two hundred thousand people have fled the area around the reactor.
In towns near the nuclear reactors, hundreds of families are being tested for radiation.
On Vancouver Island the scene from Japan is not yet panicking people, but it is prompting concerns.
Major drug stores and have sold out of most products containing iodine, a chemical used to prevent thyroid cancer in people exposed to excessive amounts of radiation.
Naturopath, Dr. Jennifer Dyck nearly everyone who visited The Vitamin Shop this weekend had concerns about radiation fallout from Japan.
The province says if people are concerned they should know that emergency management teams are providing the government with frequent briefing on the situation in Japan.
The Provincial Health Officer says from all the information he's seen, there is no risk of dangerous levels of radiation reaching B.C.
Dr. Kendall says if people are really concerned about disasters, they should take the time to build an earthquake kit.
It's money and time The Provincial Health Officer says is well spent.
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