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Fukushima Update: Oregon Health Officials Monitoring Situation - Say No Radiation Here Yet

Oregon Health Officials: We are actively monitoring the situation in Japan We are not 'yet' mobilizing in response to the news We will respond with enhanced efforts as appropriate
Radioactive groundwater at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor has risen above the level of an underground barrier meant to contain it, and it is headed for the Pacific Ocean. (already flowing into the ocean)

On Monday, an official at Japan's nuclear watchdog agency told Reuters that the situation constitutes an "emergency."

Oregon officials aren't yet mobilizing in response to the news, said Jonathan Modie, spokesman for the Oregon Health Division, which oversees the state's radiation monitoring program. "At this time, Oregon environmental surveillance data does not indicate higher-than-normal levels of radiation in Oregon," Modie said in a written statement. "We are actively and on an ongoing basis monitoring the situation in Japan, and will respond with enhanced efforts as appropriate."

Would be good to get some independent radiation readings. If anyone is monitoring, please post!

more 07.Aug.2013 01:17


[...] "With the amount of dilution that would occur, any kind of release in Japan would be non-detectable here," said David Yogi, spokesman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. [...]

Eric Norman, a nuclear engineering professor at the University of California, Berkeley, said the latest leak was not a concern.

"The Pacific Ocean is an enormous place," said Norman, who found radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power in California rainwater, milk and plants soon after the earthquake and tsunami. "There's a lot of material between us and Japan. No matter what happens in Fukushima, it's not going to be a problem over here." [...]


In Vienna, International Atomic Energy Agency expert Hartmut Nies predicted traces of Cesium 134 and Cesium 137 leaking from the plant will be carried by the Pacific's Kuroshio current to the North American coast within two years.

"We expect that in one or two years it might be measured at the coast of Canada or California," Nies told reporters.