Trace radiation from Japan reaches Washington, but no health risk

Trace radiation from Japan reaches Washington, but no health risk

Credit: Associated Press

FILE - In this March 6, 2011 file photo, an Environmental Protection Agency RadNet (radiation network) monitor is shown on the roof of the Bay Area Air Quality Management building in San Francisco. Half the monitors in California meant to detect airborne radioactive particles from Japan's damaged nuclear plants are not spitting out reliable information, and the Environmental Protection Agency has decided against deploying any of the newer, more sensitive sensors to the West Coast. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, file)

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 21, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:45 AM

SEATTLE -- The Washington Department of Health announced Monday trace levels of radiation from the nuclear crisis in Japan were recently detected in the state, but do not present a health risk.

According to Tim Church with the Department of Health, "the minuscule amounts of radioactive iodine are millions of times lower than levels that would be a health concern."

Health experts expected some radiation from Japan to reach the west coast of North America, but the radiation "is so diluted there is no health risk here, making protective action unnecessary," wrote Church in a press release.

Friday, Governor Christine Gregoire stressed there is no need for anyone in Washington to take potassium iodide as a precaution. The Department of Health maintained that, saying only people who work directly with nuclear power plants during an emergency should take it.

The Department of Health takes hourly measurements for radiation in four places throughout the state -- Richland, Seattle, Spokane and Tumwater.

 

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