It’s a small (radioactive) world after all

28 Mar 2011

Dont think we’re all connected?  U.S. Government agencies have begun to detect traces of radiation in rainwater that they believe originated at the leaking Japanese reactors. This has been detected as far east as Boston.

Radioactive Iodine-131 (I-131) has been detected in rainwater across the United States, at levels which are above established Maximum Contaminant Levels for consumption. 

No one should panic because I-131 has a short half-life of 8 days, was not detected in drinking water supplies and the exposure level assumes a 70 year exposure at constantly high levels.     

The trace amounts of I-131 were likely trapped in clouds and moved across the US as part of weather patterns. Recent precipitation in Massachusetts deposited I-131.  The Earthquake and Tsunami which began this (likely the most expensive disaster in history) occurred only a short 17 days ago.

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