Small amount of radiation found in Massachusetts’ rain water

March 28th, 2011 - 8:19 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Massachusetts, Mar 28 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Japanese nuclear crisis is being monitored closely around the globe. Several countries are worried that the leaked radiation could find itself on their shores.

Japan and the United States are separated by the vast Pacific Ocean but that was not enough to stop the radiation from reaching the shores of the United States. Several western states in the United States have seen increase in radiation levels since the Japanese Fukushima Daiichi reactors were damaged following the massive earthquake and tsunami.

The latest state to experience spike in radiation levels is Massachusetts. Rain water in the state has been found to contain low level of iodide radiation. Samples are being collected from about 100 sites in the state. Officials though assure that there is no need to panic at least for now. A public health official told Reuters that the level detected- radioiodine 131- is not considered harmful.

The Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner, John Auerbach, said that, “The drinking water supply in Massachusetts is unaffected by this short-term, slight elevation in radiation… We will carefully monitor the drinking water as we exercise an abundance of caution.”

Other states like Pennsylvania, Washington State and California have all registered increase in radiation levels.

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