ANAHEIM (CBS) —  Trace amounts of radioactive elements consistent with the earthquake-damaged nuclear power plant in Japan were detected by monitors in Anaheim and Riverside, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday.

But they also warned the “miniscule amounts” are not harmful and “pose no health concern.”

Similar trace amounts of radioactive iodine, cesium and tellurium were also detected by monitors in San Francisco and Seattle. The material was detected Friday and analyzed over the weekend, according to the EPA.

“The radiation levels detected on the filters from California and Washington monitors are hundreds of thousands to millions of times below levels of concern,” according to an EPA statement.

The agency noted that on a typical day, Americans receive doses of radiation from rocks, bricks and the sun that are 100,000 times higher than what has been detected in material coming from Japan.

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Comments (82)
  1. Mike says:

    Learn something about radiation, and relative risks, you infantile mindless morons.

    http://bravenewclimate.com/2011/03/20/why-i-stay-in-tokyo/

  2. John says:

    EPA readings two days ago from air filters show 500 counts per minute in San Diego, and about 950 counts per minute (cpm) for Seattle.

    My living room air cleaner filter after 24 hours in Oceanside, CA, was measured at 440 counts per minute; a damp cloth wiped across the t.v. screen (tube, not LCD) showed 175 cpm. Normal background runs 20 cpm here. So the radiation is about 20 times normal.

    Is that safe? Maybe your skin has no problem with that level of radiation, so externally it is perfectly safe. Internally is a totally different matter. Those little particles of Cesium 137 that pass right through your HEPA filter have a 30 year half life inside your lungs, digestive tract, and sinus cavities.

    What that means is, many of us are going to die much sooner, certainly not next week, but maybe in 10 to 15 years from now. You can thank the fools who build reactors in earthquake zones for this, and our State Department which approved reactor sales to countries upwind from America.

  3. Mike says:

    “bloodaxe said

    It’s interesting to note how the news coverage of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan which killed thousands and did billions in damage has been dropped and all attention is focused on the nuclear fallout. Which has killed no one. And isn’t going to kill anyone”

    AMEN and AMEN Bloodaxe. The real horror here is the Quake and especially the huge up to 40+ Tsunami, which has taken close to 20,000 lives and displaced 100’s of 1000’s. And it is that very Tsunami that took out the back up generators at Fukishima as well, although the Japan Govt is culpable for not performing proper match up testing of the portable generators eventually rolled in to the power plant cooling system power inputs. (Something that has been rigorously done in the U.S.)

    Also, with the exception of Alaska (which has no Nuke Power), and North Coast of Oregon/Washington, (which also have no Nukes on coast), Odds of a 9.0 Quake followed by a 40 ft Tsunami anywhere in the U.S. where Nuke Power plants are located is 0.000000

  4. Mike says:

    “John

    EPA readings two days ago from air filters show 500 counts per minute in San Diego, and about 950 counts per minute (cpm) for Seattle.

    My living room air cleaner filter after 24 hours in Oceanside, CA, was measured at 440 counts per minute; a damp cloth wiped across the t.v. screen (tube, not LCD) showed 175 cpm. Normal background runs 20 cpm here. So the radiation is about 20 times normal..”

    What a dolt. What ‘counts’ are you measuring? Be precise. Are you aware that radiation levels vary by the thousands typically, and on several orders of magnitude? You would have gotten the same readings 2 months ago, you numnut. Are you aware of Radon gas? Your granite countertop? The aerosolized tellurium, uranium, thorium et al from Coal fired power plants? Solar radiation variance? Cosmic radiation bursts in levels millions of times higher than you could POSSIBLY see from the 5000 mile away Fukishima dispersion?

    Alarmist, sensationalist, uneducated, mindless, ‘me centered’ ignorant morons.

  5. Trent says:

    I have info from very, very connected people who are connected to the top players. Nothing ground-shattering, but the warning was to fill you gas tanks and buy several months worth of food and do it now. Wouldn’t reveal more so not sure what’s up next.

  6. Aesop says:

    Where is Al Gore when needed?Why ihe is home composing more idiotic , moronic statements of doom that only apolitician can utter.

  7. KT says:

    Notice all the pro nuclear-nerds having their own melt downs…

    Relax, fellas, you’re all smart enough to be re-trained for a green energy job.

  8. Ryan says:

    THAT’S WHAT THEY TOLD THE 911 RESPONDERS! TAKE PRECAUTION!

  9. Mike says:

    Trent, re your comment,
    “I have info from very, very connected people who are connected to the top players.. blah blah blah”

    Not to worry. Those ‘very connected’ top player people are the same little voices in your head that you hear all the time.

  10. Molecule says:

    Obama appropriated like 30 billion for building nuclear energy.Guarantee he won’t talk about this when he runs for re-election then again he might remind us how little radiation we got ! He will sell you the Brooklyn Bridge (By the way—-How come Los Angeles was omitted from this well written article)

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