Michigan finds low-level radiation in air sample

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Officials in Michigan say analysis of an air sample has detected very low levels of radiation that's believed to be from a damaged nuclear power complex in Japan.
The state announced Wednesday that the "very low concentrations" of radioactive Iodine-131 found in a routine sample taken Monday in Lansing pose "no health threat to residents."
Officials at the state Department of Community Health say the "scant levels" are thousands of times less than what would lead them to recommend any sort of protective action.
Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power complex began leaking radiation after it was damaged by a devastating earthquake and tsunami earlier this month.
Minute amounts of radiation have spread as far as the U.S. East Coast.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2011 at 04:33 AM
    Japan may end up the ghost island.People should not be there.The spread of radiation is consuming the island.Where can the people go.Still earth quakes are happening.The land will be unsafe to grow food on,live on.Many parts of Japan have NO future.Wild life & animals are doomed there.Still man has learned nothing.it will happen somewhere else.Just when is the question,but the Government continues to say so little.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2011 at 10:04 AM
    Not a threat? The amount of radiation in the ocean will kill the sea life, great for the save the whales, dolphins, sharks etc. Also since they cann't seem to control the leak how long till the island is totally uninhabitalbe, and then how long till the US west coast the islands etc are unsafe. The problem is that the brains thought they knew what they were doing, planned for a worse case senerio, only the worst was more than they planned on. This is a dangerous situation for the entire planet.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2011 at 04:59 AM
    We all hope it is NOT a threat.I think Government in both countries let news leak slower than what they knew to be fact.Just think if this would of been more reactors than just in Japan.I think countries have felt to safe with nuke plants.Now we see again what can happen.I am sure it will happen again.Where next is the problem.Even if unsafe levels were found there is nothing we can do when this happens.I think this has traveled fast enough.I feel for the country & their lands & oceans.God help all.
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