Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tiny amount of radioactive particles reach Iceland | Energy & Oil | Reuters

Tiny amount of radioactive particles reach Iceland | Energy & Oil | Reuters: "NO 'HEALTH RISK WHATSOEVER'

The U.S. Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency late last week confirmed 'miniscule' amounts of radiation that appeared to have come from Japan's damaged reactors were detected in California, where the CTBTO also has a station.

The agencies also said between March 16 and 17 trace amounts of radiation that may have come from Japan were detected in Washington state. They said the radiation amounted to one-millionth of the dose rate that a person normally receives from natural sources such as rocks, bricks and the sun.

Austria's Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics said on its website on Monday that levels of radiation which posed no 'health risk whatsoever' had been observed also in Alaska and western Canada.

France's nuclear safety authority ASN said that tiny amounts were set to reach the country on Wednesday.

'Very slightly contaminated air, with levels in the order of 1,000 to 10,000 times below those measured after the Chernobyl accident, should reach France on Wednesday with no consequences for human health,' it said in a statement."

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