Thursday, March 31, 2011

Japan quake: Tiny levels of radiation in Bay Area

NUCLEAR ENGINEERS AT UC BERKELEY reported Wednesday they are detecting "extremely small" levels of radiation from the stricken Fukushima power plant in Japan, but the levels barely reach the limits of detection by their highly sophisticated monitoring equipment, they said. Rainwater in their collector atop Etcheverry Hall on the campus, water samples from Strawberry Creek as it flows through historic Sather Gate, and locally purchased milk all show clear signatures of the radioactive material coming from the Fukushima reactors, said Berkeley Lab's Kai Vetter, who is leading a team of specialists monitoring the radiation. More>