‘Minuscule’ Amounts of Radiation From Japan Detected on West Coast

A “miniscule” amount of radiation that probably came from damaged nuclear reactors in Japan was picked up at a California monitoring station yesterday, the U.S. government said.

The level of radiation registered in Sacramento was about “one-millionth of the dose” a person gets from rocks, bricks, the sun and natural background sources and “poses no concern,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Department said in a joint statement.

A similar level of the radioactive isotope, xenon-133, was detected in Washington state on March 16 and 17, according to the agencies. It was “consistent with a release from the Fukushima reactors in Northern Japan,” according to the statement. The EPA and Energy Department have monitoring systems and neither found “radiation levels of concern.”

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