"RADIATION ALERT - Harrisonburg, VA"
"Radiation detectors from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are showing a sudden and dramatic rise in Gamma radiation in and around Harrisonburg, VA. According to the privately-funded Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center (NETC.com) Gamma radiation in Harrisonburg is now at 429 Counts-Per-Minute (CPM). This is much higher than the "typical" reading of 255 CPM over the past three months. The chart below outlines the situation:
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While our planet and all our environments always have some levels of radiation, from naturally-occurring sources or even from Cosmic Rays penetrating our atmosphere from space, today's level of radiation is described as a "Radiation Condition (RadCon) 5 Alert"
Gamma radiation is very powerful and it penetrates pretty much everything. In fact, 6 feet of lead will only reduce Gamma radiation by half! The effects of being exposed to radiation are CUMULATIVE. They add up together, one on top of another, so being exposed to a small amount each day adds-up. But our bodies are able to deal with this under normal circumstances. However, when Radiation levels reach today's amount, our bodies may not do so well. In fact, according to the "Nuke Professional" exposure rates like RadCon-5 are linked to causing Cancer. The chart below from Nuke Professional explains:
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Persons in and around Harrisonburg are advised to stay indoors. Keep windows closed. If you go outside, it may be helpful to wear an N-95 or N-100 filter mask. If you have been outside and have returned home, remove clothing and place directly in the laundry, then launder immediately. Take a shower with plain soap and water, then shampoo your hair; his will remove any radiation which may have fallen onto your body while outside. Before using outdoor grills, furniture or playgrounds, thoroughly clean or hose off the items before using them.
DO NOT PANIC. This may just be a naturally-occurring burst of Cosmic radiation which will dissipate later today. If there is a nuclear facility in or near Harrisonburg, it would be wise to contact state authorities to have them examine that facility to see if there is a leak, blowing radiation toward Harrisonburg. In the meantime, it is best to monitor this situation to see if radiation levels begin to return to normal. If so, no harm. If not, you may wish to take action to remove yourself from the high radiation levels. Readers can monitor the situation using the free EPA Web site RadNET. When viewing local radiation detectors, be sure to be viewing Category 5, Gamma radiation in the 600-800 kev range.
AGAIN, DO NOT PANIC. If there is a need to relocate, rest assured that local, state and federal authorities will tell you. So don't go off half-cocked and run or start doing nutty things because no one is telling you that any such dramatic action is necessary. Keep your head about you and keep abreast of the situation.
It is NOT our intent to cause panic or public alarm. Our intent as a media outlet is solely to report the facts, from reputable and government sources, so readers can decide for themselves if any action is necessary. You folks are grown-ups and we trust you to be able to make decisions for yourself in a calm, rational manner.”
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