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Tiny amounts of radiation from Japan reach Nevada

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Now let's see how many people in the states panic and buy Geiger counters, toilet paper, and bottled water like the Japanese did.

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In California, home to two seaside nuclear plants located close to earthquake fault lines, federal authorities said four of the 11 stationary monitors were offline for repairs or maintenance last week. The Environmental Protection Agency said the machines operate outdoors year-round and periodically need maintenance but did not fix them until a few days after low levels of radiation began drifting toward the mainland U.S. Gaps in the system -- as well as the delays in fixing monitors in some of Southern California's most populated areas -- have helped to prompt hearings and inquiries in Washington and Sacramento.

-The EPA has been putting many of the 124 radiation monitors offline. =I am against the EPA/Lib attacks against these radiation monitors and feel the public has a "right to know" what the real radiation levels are and what radioactive particles are being found (plutonium specifically)

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Nevada?! It could only help - with luck, mutations might make them normal. Anyway, Nevada is where most US nuclear weapons testing has been done; the more, the merrier.

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Hmm, its miniscule so in this case no cause for concern. But still this should send a message to every country with nuclear weapons which has far more radiation released than a meltdown and there is always a backlash.

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Now let's see how many people in the states panic and buy Geiger counters, toilet paper, and bottled water like the Japanese did.

People aren't "panicking" in Japan. People would undoubtedly panic in the US, though. Every time there is a hurricane in the Gulf or Atlantic people panic buy all the bottled water and batteries they can.

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Honestly, there should be some kind of policy that the radiation level isn't reported unless it's a health concern. If I hear one more person say, "better safe than sorry" again...

People aren't panicking in Japan? I'm far, far away from Fukushima but there is no bottled water left in the stores. Seems that the water could be better used by refugees in shelters than stupid people who will just keep them on their shelves. It's the "safe" people who create the type of atmosphere they are trying to protect themselves from.

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Hartwell said he’s certain the isotopes came from Japan because they’re not usually detected in Nevada. But he said the readings were far below levels that could pose any health risks.

The US has exploded over 1500 nuclear weapons since WW2 (2 in war, the rest in testing). About 330 of them were above ground. Many were done at the Nevada Test site. So I am not so sure why they are worried about readings from Japan.

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Smorkian: "People aren't "panicking" in Japan. People would undoubtedly panic in the US, though."

Love it. It's like a child posting and saying, "I know you're not but what am I?"

People in Japan are most certainly panicking.... or if not, why the need for Panasonic to make heaps of batteries in their overseas companies? The largest chain shops in Japan are sold out... why? because of PANIC! The only thing not selling well is spinach.

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Alphaape: "So I am not so sure why they are worried about readings from Japan."

Granted they have done a lot of bad stuff, but does that mean that when the readings change they are incorrect?

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If you are far far far away from Fukushima, and the bottled water in your local stores are being bought up, odds are those bottles weren't even going to go anywhere near Fukushima or the shelters in the first place.

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talk of major panic...more locally, I thought the panic was happening in China and certainly have seen plenty of panic within the usa about this already...just look at some of the tv coverage that has become famous now.

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People in japan are most certainly not panicking overall...that is very very obvious just by a simple survey of Japanese in Japan and the focus of the news coverage. Its the foreigners in or now left Japan that are way more famous for panic.

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What is it about toilet paper that makes people buy it up? Sorry if I'm missing something, but in a disaster it would not be my first priority to stock up on toilet paper.

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Granted they have done a lot of bad stuff, but does that mean that when the readings change they are incorrect?

@smithinjapan: I am not sure what you mean, but what I was trying to say that te radiation levels that are being recorded in NV are far lower than the doses that they received back when open air testing was going on.

Not to make light of the situation there at Fukushima, but I think this is a case of everyone wanting to say that "they were affected" in the US.

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