Since the Japanese tragedy, some have absurdly used this to further Political Agendas. In doing so, they have created a bit of panic, HERE, in this Country. Some in this Country, actually believe that there is going to be this big Gaseous Cloudy of Nuclear Fallout was going to follow the same path of the Tsunami, hitting Hawaii, then the West Coast.
Well folks, there is nothing to fear. According to the AP - Testing finds no health threat along West Coast
SAN FRANCISCO – Minuscule amounts of radiation from Japan's stricken nuclear plant have reached the west coast but federal and state officials say it poses no health risk.So you absorb more Radiation just living in certain areas than this big Gaseous Cloudy of Nuclear Fallout.
They said Friday that the doses of radiation that a person normally receives from rocks, bricks, and the sun are 100,000 times the dose rates detected at a monitoring station in California and another in Washington state.
Concerns that Japan's nuclear disaster was assuming international proportions grew as a radioactive plume released from the Fukushima Dai-ichi reached Southern California on Friday,Which caused NO Death or Birth defects, or long term problems to speak of.
But the results of testing reflected expectations by the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency that radiation had greatly dissipated by the time it reached the U.S. coastline.
The U.S. Department of Energy said extremely small amounts of the radioactive isotopes iodine-131, iodine-132, tellurium-132 and cesium-137 had reached a Sacramento monitoring station tied to the U.N.'s Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, but the readings were far below levels that could pose any health risks.
A detector at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington State earlier this week also detected trace amounts of xenon-133 — a gas produced during nuclear fission — the DOE said.
The DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a joint statement that the doses of radiation people generally get from the surrounding environment are 100,000 times greater than dose rates detected at the two monitoring sites.
That assessment confirmed statements from diplomats and officials in Vienna earlier in the day.
Air pollution regulators in Southern California said they have not detected increased levels of radiation. The South Coast Air Quality Management District said radiation measured at its three sites was not higher than typical levels.
The agency's monitors are part of the EPA's network of more than 100 sensors across the nation that track radiation levels every hour.
In Alaska, Dr. Bernd Jilly, director of state public health laboratories, also said monitoring had shown no readings of above-normal levels of radiation.
The same was true in the state of Washington, health department spokesman Donn Moyer said. The levels would have to be hundreds of thousands of times higher than current readings before health officials would recommend any response, he said.
Graham Andrew, a senior official of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, said that the International Civil Aviation Organization — after consultations with the IAEA — found there was no reason to curtail normal international flights and maritime operations to and from Japan and "there is no medical basis for imposing additional measures to protect passengers."
While set up to monitor atmospheric nuclear testing, the U.N.'s Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization's worldwide network of stations can detect earthquakes, tsunamis and fallout from nuclear accidents such as the disaster on Japan's northeastern coast that was set off by a massive earthquake and a devastating tsunami a week ago.
Since then, emergency crews have been trying to restore the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant's cooling system and prevent overheated fuel rods from releasing greater doses of radioactivity.
Japanese officials on Friday reclassified the rating of the accident at the plant from Level 4 to Level 5 on a seven-level international scale, putting it on a par with the 1979 Three Mile Island accident.
The International Nuclear Event Scale defines a Level 4 incident as having local consequences and a Level 5 as having wider consequences.So relax folks. Fear not. I'm sure that there are people watching this closely, and as we already know the Media LOVES to report on disasters, we would have heard if, and will hear if, this becomes a threat. Until then, just live your lives, do not worry, and continue to send you thoughts, Prayers, Well Wishes, good vibes.
AP - Testing finds no health threat along West Coast