RENO, Nev. (CBS/AP) — Minuscule amounts of radiation from Japan’s damaged nuclear plant continue to reach the West Coast, including California, but scientists say it poses no health risk.

Ted Hartwell of the Desert Research Institute’s Community Environmental Monitoring Program says extremely small amounts of the radioactive isotopes iodine-131 and zenon-133 had reached a Las Vegas monitoring station this week.

He says he’s certain the isotopes came from Japan because they’re not usually detected in Nevada, but the readings were far below levels that could pose any health risks.

Minuscule amounts of radiation from Japan have been reported elsewhere in California, Colorado, Hawaii and Washington.

Nevada state health officials have said they do not expect any risk to Nevada from Japanese radiation releases because of the distance the materials would have to travel.

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Comments (9)
  1. greg says:

    yea,right! that’s just what they’re telling us!history shows that the government cant be trusted to tell the truth to the american people.

  2. j nobis says:

    There is no safe level of radiation for fetuses and infants!

    1. Justa Thought says:

      better not eat bananas or go into the sun dopey ~

    2. bobby d says:

      Why aren’t we seeing any protests about the radiation from anyone? Japan refuses to seal the reactors and thus the radiation continues 24 /7. Any amount of radiation is not good. Nobody is addressing the issue. Soon our open farms along the west coast will be contaminated. the milk is already radioactive in Washington State….and our government continues to say there is no harm! Baloney!

  3. Elkart Domenibite says:

    Our gov always tells us the Truth! Just ask the indians…

  4. allison says:

    seal the freakin place up!11

  5. Greyhound says:

    Yeah I was watching CNN news on the 14th of march and they showed a weather like map showing the radiation as it traveled across the ocean. They mentioned trace amounts of radiation reaching Vegas but no mention of the huge radioactive cloud you could see playing in the background, with no mention of actual levels. I looked on the official NASA website that shows satellite images going back 20 years, they have not posted March as of yet, ending it in February! Can’t find out anywhere! While you are at it look into HAARP in Alaska!

  6. NAME GOES HERE says:

    Rediculous! Do you have any clue on what the actual levels are? I think not. Everyone tries to sugar coat the truth by saying “Oh, it shouldn’t be harmful.” when in reality, the government knows as little facts as we do. I GUARANTEE that if levels rise dramatically, our idiot government members will leave us behind and head for the hills. They just don’t want mass panic to ensue. SEAL THE PLANT UP! If it worked for Chernobyl, it’ll work in Japan. All the workers trying to cool down the reactor are heroes in my book.

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