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. mucklucky says:

    Thanks right, trust me… from the same government and media that has tauted global warming for the last 10 yrs.

    1. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

      Anyone that believes anything the government says is either a government employee or a degenerate.


    2. democratsarefascists says:

      Count on moonbat Californians to soil their trousers at the first sign of trouble.

  2. Baron says:

    Maybe we’ll be lucky and San Fran, LA and Seattle will all be gone, taking the wonderful flower children with them. Oh darn!

  3. Bobster says:

    I always suspected there was something in the water in California.

  4. Robert Smith says:

    what kind of radiation; Gamma, Alphas or beta’s. Right we receive trace amounts everyday but it is the kind of radiation that is important. Don’t let them off with a slight of hand interpretation. Alpha and Beta Radiation is partical radiation you can breath and not expel.

  5. Liz says:

    And, in a lesser matter, it’s minuscule, not miniscule. Good grief.

    1. paul ford says:

      lebturds – ignorant and uneducated !

    2. wally says:

      MSM reporters… graduates of our finest government schools!

    3. Bobp says:

      Liz, it can be either spelling. One is an alternate.

    4. Carlita says:

      In “Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage” (1989), part of the entry “miniscule, minuscule,” notes:

      “This spelling [miniscule] was first recorded at the end of the 19th century (minuscule dates back to 1705), but it did not begin to appear frequently in edited prose until the 1940s. Its increasingly common use parallels the increasingly common use of the word itself, especially as an adjective meaning `very small.’ “

  6. Anon In USA says:

    I hope it won’t be bad here, but how can you believe our Gov when its stocked with a gaggle of known liars on both sides of the isles.

    Republican and Democrat are the same exact thing that spit their lies a little differently for their base supporters consumption.

    Obama said he would get us out of the wars, LOL and you all fell for that along with his so called transparency.

    Well the Governments actions are now transparent, as in Invisible!

    Investigate 911 and you will find those were bombs my fellow citizens ( were not civilians ).

    They will never stop on their own, they need to be exposed, charged and incarcerated before we get into more than the 3 wars were in right now.

    1. LOL @ ANON says:

      Maybe you are drinking the water in CA!

    2. Mark Alan Walker Ahntholz-Imperl says:

      we are in two wars the war on terror. Second one is BHOS unconstitutional war, if 911 was an inside job what was your security clearance on 910 and 9/12\

  7. AP57 says:

    “The need for enemies seems to be a common historical factor. . . Bring the divided nation together to face an outside enemy, either a real one or else one invented for the purpose. . . In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. . . The real enemy, then, is humanity itself.” – “The First Global Revolution” (1991) published by the Club of Rome. Members of the Club of Rome include: Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, Bill Gates, George Soros, Bill Clinton, David Rockefeller, Ted Turner, Henry Kissinger and author of the Kyoto Protocols Maurice Strong.

    I think this falls under “and the like”

  8. jt says:

    It’s said when you can not trust your Gov. and your neighbor is out only for themselfs

  9. Emery says:

    More Government propaganda. The levels are much higher than admitted. We have the proof! There is not a meltdown going on on the sun either – another dishonest analogy.

  10. Horice says:

    PEOPLE! Don’t Worry! Obama is safe. After starting an illegal war in Libya he fled to Rio with his family on Air Force One at your expense for a vacation away from the radiation.

  11. baradgeholly says:

    should it be residents of orange county, nuclear proponents, get fallout God’s vicious sense of humor obamacare will force them and seniors to pay for abortions on dark women and apostate zionist media breeders who will save us unless we save ourselves!?!

  12. Joerocker says:

    The MSM is the mouth piece for this Corrupt government that WILL NOT tell the truth .
    Show us Actual radiation; Gamma, Alphas or beta’s readings in real time!

  13. Ted says:

    I support the winds. I support dolphins. I support shut-ins. I support women who can only be seen at drive-ins.

  14. John Keyes says:

    What ? The radiation readings probably came from Hollywood, the LAX or from Charlie Sheen”s House.

  15. Isaac says:

    Since there are varying levels of background radiation at practically any location in the world, how did these little fear mongers deduce the radiation was from Japan? Did they look at it real close and find “Made in Japan” stamped on the bottom? And people like this have the right to vote too !

  16. Man in Seattle says:

    I do NOT trust a damn word from any government source. They’ll lie to the bitter end of any crisis and then flee to safety before anybody else finds out. This is promoted from the very top down in Barry Soetoro’s administration, which is controlled by corporate and banking interests. I’m making plans to get out of the U.S. with my young family. We may return in a few years after the complete collapse.

  17. Mick Russom says:

    Why wont they say what was detected, how much was detected and which kinds of ionizing radiation is detected, where (Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Philippines, California, etc,) when and at what rates?

    I want to know how much fission products have been detected, including Strontium, Iodine, Cesium, Plutonium, uranium, Xenon, etc, and how much ionizing radiation has been detected and what is is, alpha, beta, gamma.

    I don’t care about ionizing radiation so much as hot particles, alpha emitters than get into your body and don’t come out and give you long term ionizing radiation.

    People talk about doses of radiation, but radiation isn’t the problem as much as having emitters embedded in your biology.

  18. Ma says:

    This is radiation from Japan from March 11th.

    Their nuclear plants are still leaking radiation!

    We’ll get more radiation every day that the winds blow east and bring it to the U.S. ?

  19. jim says:

    These readings are so low that they can only be identified by the energy spectra of the decay products. Here’s an analogy- a million tiny blue raindrops a day fall on your head, from natural sources. Mixed in with those are three hundred pink raindrops, from a breached nuclear reactor. The only way to tell a pink from a blue is with instruments of superb sensitivity.

    There is no possibility of harm from the amount of radiation coming from Japan. Any given aboveground nuclear test from the fifties and sixties released more radiation than if you completely vaporized all six reactors at Fukushima.

    1. Averageman says:

      What flavor kool aid do you prefer?

      1. PO'd in PA says:

        I’m thinking government flavored…

  20. bob says:

    Question: if the radiation is so far below naturally occuring radiation then how is it that it was detected?!?!

  21. PNW says:

    Radiation is now pouring out. The water is toxic. The food is toxic. Exports are being rejected as toxic. They’re going to have to evacuate 127 million people from Japan, probably after it’s too late for many. It is over for them. The Japanese government will fall once the people get angry enough. Possible Black Swan event.

    Our local news just did a trivial, 30 second snippet on the thousands and thousands of Japanese arriving at the airport here. These are just the awake ones with the sense and the means. We haven’t seen anything yet, but hey, look over here at all these cruise missiles blowing stuff up! How cool is that?

    1. Ralph Siegler says:

      Just by the background cpm, I can tell that station is using insensitive probe that responds to mostly gamma rays, utterly useless for detecting even somewhat significant amounts of I-131. Of course, I will agree that the current levels of an event every few seconds per cubic meter of air from Japan is lower than miniscule, inconsequential. But that homebrew station needs to modify his setup if he wants to prove anything.

  22. Bob Jameson says:

    New 12 second clip of Fukushima radiation dispersion:

    Reactor 2 at last check hit a record 500 millisieverts and is climbing, which unfortunately means the subsequent dispersion cloud will be even more potent.

    Better stock up on canned tuna before we get new stock with both mercury and radiation. Costco has 12 packs of cans with 2014 best by dating.

  23. Joerocker says:

    We don’t TRUST anything the MSM or the payed bloggers working for the government controlled MSM say!
    Report Actual radiation levels in real time and WE will see for ourself.

    1. Ralph Siegler says:

      the actual levels ARE reported on website, only a single decay per several seconds per cubic meter of air on west coast due to xenon and iodine. That is of no consequence, the wonder is that such sensitive instruments exist. The problem is for areas within hundreds of kilometers at present, not the USA. Anyone in USA should be far more concerned about the radioactive contamination from coal burning plants, that’s of greater concern than this almost zero level from Japan

  24. Averageman says:


  25. mark says:

    Obama issues an executive order directing Eric Holder to outlaw all private citizen possession of Geiger counters and monitoring equipment…

    “This is new and very dangerous form of terrorism bringing fear and panic to all Americans. We will confiscate any and all of these unreliable devices and aggressively prosecute those involved in their trafficking. I have instructed DHS to form a special anti terrorist unit to combat this grave threat to our nation an its economy.” – Eric Holder

  26. SmartAss says:

    If doses of radiation are 100,000 times higher from the sun, bricks, and rocks, then how are they detecting radiation from Japan? Wouldn’t they just be detecting the radiation from the sun, bricks and rocks.

  27. Mayday says:

    I think lurch from the Adams Family sums up my felling about this…


  28. whaleztales says:

    Watch the sales of Iodine pills go thru the roof!!!

  29. ca says:

    Complete misinformation being reported. Again, as another commented, the radiation we are exposed to as background WE ARE NOT BREATHING IN, and thus putting into our tissues forever. AND, there are no real tests done on this. it is all new. Live in SF, wish I could move.
    This is a travesty, and the public trust should be shattered.
    What lies!

  30. Mike says:

    I’ve never see a collection of more ignorant people in one place at one time, than the comments here.

    It doesn’t matter whether the story is on what a government agency reports. The facts are, gamma radiation dispersal from 5000 miles away, even in a WORSE CASE scenario, is going to be a miniscule thousandth (or less) level, than the gamma radiation you are bathed in EVERY SINGLE DAY from solar radiation, Cosmic radiation, Radon emissions (from good old mother Earth), and the aerosolized Urainum, Thorium, and other by product radioactive elements put into the atmosphere by the mega tons from COAL burning power plants, just to name a few sources.

    Even the granite counter tops that Yuppies insist in buying for their kitchen upgrades these days but out THOUSANDS of times the radiation level anually than the concentration that could come over from Japan after the dispersal of 5000 miles occurs.

    Get a clue you mindless morons. It has nothing to do with the government, as to whether Japan plant radiation levels are harmful.

    You science ignorant, uneducated, uncredentialed, un-researched, vacuum between the ears “We dont trust the Gub’mint” idiots who wouldn’t know a Gamma Ray from a Sting Ray should keep your ‘know nothing’ pie holes closed until you manage to educate yourselves beyond the level of a sand flea.

    Mike the Physics / Aerospace Engineer

    1. Rick says:

      Thank you, could not of said it better!

    2. Joerocker says:

      The Payed” blog protection team” is on the job and in FULL crisis mode

    3. Awake says:

      Scientists are not gods in white lab coats, they are just people who need a paycheck like everyone else, and they are just as easily bought as anyone. Either you are the ignorant one, or you are just another corporate “scientist” acting as an apologist for the nuclear industry. You know darn well that we are being reassured based on the gamma level exposure, while they are completely ignoring the longer term health consequences of breathing and ingesting the barrage of alpha and beta particles. I think I will listen to real experts on this subject like Dr. Chris Busby rather than some arrogant wannabe who would take the time just to berate and belittle others who are rightly concerned.

  31. alex jones says:

    that looks like an old image of fukushima,

  32. mark says:

    Ready for 50-100 million new immigrants?

    Extremely high radiation found in soil

    Japanese authorities have detected an alarming concentration of a radioactive substance 1,600 times higher than normal in soil at a village, 40 kilometers away from the troubled nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture.

    Gakushuin University Professor Yasuyuki Muramatsu, an expert on radiation in the environment, says that normal levels of radioactive cesium-137 in soil are around 100 becquerels at most. The professor says he was surprised at the extremely high reading, which is 1,630 times higher than normal levels.

    He warns that since radioactive cesium remains in the environment for about 30 years it could affect agricultural products for a long time. He is calling on the government to collect detailed data and come up with a containment solution. So far officials at the government were unwilling to respond and calls went unanswered.

  33. Chukkal says:

    We need not worry…….we have OBAMACARE!!!!

  34. Joe says:

    But Dopebama said none would reach us. Next they will say it’s not harmful, right now. Wait till it goes higher.

  35. redroksaz says:

    Pay attention everyone…report is from samples on Friday. This is before the explosions took place on Monday and Tuesday and also before the very toxic radiation from spent fuel rods was released. This radiation is now on the way to our shores. The EPA cannot be trusted. Hey, why don’t our legislatures lead by example and bring their families to the West coast for a two week vacation. Show us everything is just fine by putting your “money where your mouth is.”

    1. Ad says:

      I wonder how many movie stars and politicians just happen to coincidentally be out of the country now.

  36. Ryan says:

    Why even make it a story… this only scares people – Especially with the headline.

  37. Answ says:

    People have a right to know the facts so they can make decisions based on those facts.

    No information should be censored or diluted or minimized, especially on such a serious topic as this.

  38. Awake says:

    I am sorry that so many are brainwashed by the same government/ media that is completely owned by the corporations, in particular the nuclear power industry. Of course they play up any false threats such as global warming and Muslim terrorists under every rock so that they can justify global environmental taxes and military invasion of oil rich countries under the guise of humanitarian concern. But real threats do exist and they are a totally different story- they never warn us and even go to great lengths to cover it up. History has proves this out 100% of the time. Don’t forget 9-11 air, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, etc. If they cared about you at all, why do they allow Big Pharma to put heavy metals and toxic adjuvants in vaccines and then require your children to get them in order to go to school? Why do they let Monsanto continue to corrupt the genetic integrity of all plant and animal life of earth, but tell you you have no right to know what is GMO on food labels? Why do they allow the chemical fertilizer industry to dump their waste products in your drinking water, call it nutritious, and make you pay for it? Why did they give a multi-trillion dollar bailout to the banks while we are in an economic crisis they caused? Get a grip, the fascist government doesn’t love you, so stop worshiping these stupid bureaucrats and take responsibility for your own life and well being, don’t wait for instructions from them before you act. Do you know the U.S. has already made much of the middle east uninhabitable with the depleted uranium munitions we used. Our troops as well as many civilians have died and had horrible birth defects. Do you think they could do this to them and not to you? For your own safety, you must realize that not all radiation is the same. External radiation is acutely toxic at higher levels, but internal radionuclides are toxic at very minute levels, because they bind to your DNA and cause genetic mutations forever. There is gamma, X-ray, beta, and alpha. You must also know that most geiger counters do not pick up anything but gamma levels and it is on the basis of those readings you are being pacified. You must understand that the alpha and beta particles are very hard to detect, but those are the ones that are here, the ones you are breathing in and ingesting. External radiation is toxic at high levels, but internal radionuclides are toxic at very minute levels, because they bond with your DNA and cause a chain reaction of genetic mutations forever. This is the dirty little secret that you are not being told while they reassure you with a smirk. Dr. Chris Busby is a international expert on this issue with plenty of field experience, not a corporate stooge in a bow tie spouting a bunch of theoretical nonsense to protect the profits of the nuclear power industry. Get his info, save lives!

    1. bloodaxe says:

      Someday I hope to achieve the level of knowledge and enlightenment that you have- I can dream, can’t I?

  39. Tom says:

    To all Prius owners!!! You all have a personal connection to the nuclear disaster in Japan. When you look in your garage and smile, remember that the electricity that helped build your car, was produced by the nuclear reactors that are now spewing radiation into the environment. Shine that baby up and drive with pride.

  40. joerocker says:

    Around Fukushima Daiichi Station they measured 400 millisieverts – that’s per hour. With this measurement (Chief Cabinet Secretary) Edano admitted for the first time that there was a danger to health, but he didn’t explain what this means. All of the information media are at fault here I think. They are saying stupid things like, why, we are exposed to radiation all the time in our daily life, we get radiation from outer space. But that’s one millisievert per year. A year has 365 days, a day has 24 hours; multiply 365 by 24, you get 8760. Multiply the 400 millisieverts by that, you get 3,500,000 the normal dose. You call that safe? And what media have reported this?

  41. Joerocker says:

    from zero
    Run-Rated Fukushima Radiation Release On Par With, And In Some Cases Greater Than, Chernobyl

    Why won’t the MSM give us Actual data in real time?

  42. victor says:

    Now, what did these experts not tell us about the radation or how high it was….don`t believe what the experts tell you, they are covering up things that can harm you and and your health

  43. ernieernie says:

    Trust your government for now. Next week? Ok by then you won’t be able to eat any California produce and all hell breaks loose.

    1. Jonathan says:

      clttonmouthkilobill on February 7, 2011 It took forever to find the channel, I was pressing up forever but I got it! Thank you!

  44. Mike says:

    Radiation Deaths from Fukishima plant to dat e = 0

    Radiation related cancer deaths anually from Uranium and Thorium released into atmosphere from Coal burning power plants = approx 300,000

    Radiation related cancer deaths anually from solar, cosmic, and especially terrestrial natural sources such as Radon = 200,000+

    Deaths resulting from getting into your car and driving..anually in U.S., approx 123,000

    Deaths resulting from eating too much fat and sugar anually in U.S. approx 750,000

    Deaths from Nuclear Power plant radiation, Fukishima to date, = 0.000000000000

    Deaths expected in the U.S. from ‘drifting’ cloud plumes from Fukishima = 0.0000000

    Do any of you clueless morons understand the concept of ‘relative risk’?

    Now, paranoid air from brains conspiracy freak morons notwithstanding, I am not a government employee, government scientist, spin doctor, or government related researcher,… you paranoid mindless idiots.

    I work in private commercial communications satellite industry, i.e. ‘the ‘private sector’ rocket science and tellcomm industry that provides you your Dish Network, Direct TV, Sirius Radio, et al as well as global equivelant programs on other continents.

    However, having physics and science credentials, means I study the actual facts about these situations, rather than spewing mindlessly on a topic I know nothing about.

    Unlike you mindless Lemming “Johnny One Note” Drones who turn everything you ever read into a ‘conspiracy’ rant…which is of course the refuge of stupid people who don’t know anything and have zero education. It’s always ‘they’ who are responsible for everything instead of YOU, eh?

    I hate government agencies myself. Why? because they are populated by the same kind of ‘lowest common denominator’ stupid uneducated morons, as the type I see commenting here.

    The real ‘terror’, horror, and frightening thing I see in this situation, is reading comments like those on this forum, and knowing you mindless idiots vote and drive on the same highways I have to travel daily. Now THAT is a high risk danger to be afraid of

  45. Mike says:

    For anyone who would like to understand at least a little something about how the Fukishima reactors work, and what the actual radiation risks might be, relative to say, Cherynoble, here is a starting point.

    Not that anyone’s infantile comments here indicate they have a reading and comprehension level above an entry level elementry school student, but just in case someone might actually like to learn something instead of spewing mindless nonsense.

  46. bloodaxe says:

    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.
    What a bunch of Chicken Littles.

  47. Mike says:

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

  48. 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.

  49. 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

  50. Mike 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..”

    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.

  51. 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.

  52. Aesop says:

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

  53. 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.

  54. Ryan says:


  55. 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.

  56. 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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