Nuclear Fallout Hits Massachusetts From Japan
Massachusetts - Fallout from the nuclear crisis in Japan, resulting from nuclear reactors melting down after an 8.9 magnitude quake hit the northeast corner of the island nation, followed the jetstream into the United States landing in Massachusetts' rainwater. Experts have not released exactly where they found the "very low concentrations of radioiodine-131".
Officials continue to test the major reservoirs across the Commonwealth.
"The drinking water supply in Massachusetts is unaffected by this short-term, slight elevation in radiation," said John Auerbach, commissioner of public health.
I-131 has a short half-life: 8 days. After that time the radioactive dust degrades very quickly, posing zero health risk to humans and animals.
The Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection said, "I want to underline, we're doing this testing out of an abundance of caution. We don't believe there is a problem. None of the data we've seen indicates there is."
Problems continue to plague the Japanese nuclear reactors including badly miscalculated radiation amounts, growing concerns over what to do with heavily contaminated water used to help cool the reactors and the earth around the plants, heavily contaminated with radioactivity.
It has been over two weeks since the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami set of this Japan nuclear meltdown crisis. The official death toll from the twin disasters is 10,668, and there are 16,574 people missing.