Virginia among sites recording Fukushima fallout, USGS report says
Minimal amounts of radioactive iodine and cesium were detected by monitors in the U.S. in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in Japan last March, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The agency, as part of a study with the National Atmospheric Deposition Program, says the radioactive materials released from the plant were detected in about 20 percent of 167 sites around the U.S. One of the monitors picking up the substances was in Southwest Virginia. Rainwater collected at the sites was tested; the radioactive materials were found most frequently along the West Coast, the central and northern Rocky Mountains, and the East Coast, where rain fell most heavily in the weeks following the disaster. Several of Fukushima’s reactors were severely damaged by an earthquake and tsunami last March 11. The samples, with levels below levels any health concern, were taken between mid-March and April of last year; and were similar to findings by the Environmental Protection Agency. Read more here.