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Traces of Japanese radiation detected in Cleveland


March 29, 2011 - Washington

A researcher has detected tiny amounts of Iodine 131 from Japan in rainwater collected from the roof of a campus building in Cleveland.

Gerald Matisoff, professor of geology at Case Western Reserve University, said the presence of the isotope presents no danger to human health.

He estimated the level of radiation is about one-tenth that of natural background radiation.

"In theory, the Iodine 131 could have come from any radioactive waste processing facility," Matisoff said. "But, we know it's from Japan. The isotope is being seen worldwide," he added.

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