Fukushima Radiation Plumes Reach U.S. East Coast

Nuclear power plant officials from North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida rhave detected low levels of radioactive iodine-131 believed to be from Japan’s crippled Fukushima facility in the air.

Reuters reports that monitors at Progress Energy’s nuclear plants in Hartsville, South Carolina, and Crystal River, Florida, picked up low levels of radioactive iodine-131. So did Duke Energy’s monitors at its two nuclear facilities in South Carolina and the plant in Huntersville, North Carolina.

According to spokesman Drew Elliot of Progress Energy, it’s highly unlikely that the radiation is coming from a U.S. nuclear plant because they aren’t picking up on any other types of radiation in addition to the iodine-131.

“Other nuclear stations throughout the East Coast all started picking this up within the last week,” Elliot told Reuters. “It all points to something coming from overseas.”

At this time, both The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) both say the radiation poses no threat to public safety.

Accounts of airborne radiation follow reports that trace amounts of radioactive fallout have started to turn up in rainwater samples from Massachusetts, California, Pennsylvania and Washington state.

While increased levels of ra­diation from the damaged nu­clear reactor in Japan have not been detected in Virginia, state health officials there are advising res­idents not to drink rainwater until further notice (InsideNova.com).

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47 comments

Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson4 years ago

No more excuses!! Shut them all down!

Patricia Hughes
Patricia Hughes5 years ago

Cancer this generation; deformities next generation. Meanwhile, big profits to the corporations.

Lynn C.
Lynn C.5 years ago

"Oh", they say, "we can make new regulations and take steps to prevent anything like this from happening..." Etc. etc. etc.
I see a nightmare in the making right now on our West coast, and in the midst of the horrendous - quote " budget crises" - we are funding nuclear power in this country!

kurt klingbeil
kurt klingbeil5 years ago

11 April 2011 Fukushima Overtakes Chernobyl: Now Worldwide Emergency

Dr Michael Colgan

Since our earlier press releases,1 Fukushima has become a lot worse. Today, 11 April 2011, at a press conference in Tokyo, in the face of continuing increases in radiation, the Japanese Government announced will extend the mandatory evacuation zone around the stricken nuclear plant to 30km and evacuate contaminated towns including Namie, Iitate and Minamisoma. Even outside the new evacuation zone, Kyodo News reports that, “radiation ranges from 590,000 to 2.19 million Bequerels/cubic meter”. These numbers far exceed the levels at Chernobyl, which ranged up to 550,000 Bequerels/cubic meter.

Also today, Japan Broadcasting Corporation reported figures from Tokyo Electric Power Company of 300,000 Bequerels of iodine-131 per cubic centimeter, in the sea close to the intake of Fukushima No 2 Reactor, measured on Saturday.9 April. That is 7.5 million times above the legal limit. It also reported 200,000 Bequerels per cubic centimeter, or 5 million times above the limit measured at 9am today. Today’s sample also shows cesium-137, with a half-life of 30 years, at 1.1 million times above the limit. All of this water is sending plumes of radiation into the air.

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Lois Jordan
Lois Jordan5 years ago

Unfortunate that people have forgotten the ramifications depicted in the movies "The China Syndrome" and "Silkwood." Saw this:
"Breaking News: Large Air Spill At Wind Farm. No threats reported. Some claim to enjoy the breeze."...Just sayin'...

Susan T.
Susan T.5 years ago

I just read the article! My only comment is their advice, "don't drink the rainwater". WTF Who has to drink the rainwater in the US? That REALLY bothers me.

David Mann
David Mann5 years ago

I know that dropping the atom bomb on Japan saved countless American Military about 100,000 lives, I'm still wondering if Karma is 'nt playing a role in this aspect of this tragedy. Makes you wonder.Especially if it gets worse!

Sylvia B.
Sylvia B.5 years ago

I'm very concerned.

Mary Beth M.
Mary Beth M.5 years ago

We are all one planet. It would be naive to believe that anything that catastrophic could remain localized and not impact the rest of the earth. The Butterfly Effect...