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Las Vegas Radiation Monitors Going Haywire

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Is an 'area of haze of unknown composition' that crossed into California last week the remnants of a radioactive dust storm from China? Is another on the way?


On March 17 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) noted that "an area of haze of unknown composition and origin has entered the US along the central California coast and stretched northeastward across southeast Oregon and into southwest Montana.' The next day, the NOAA tracked the progress of this alien air mass to southwest Nevada: 'Areas of blowing dust are spreading S[outh] across parts of the western US....In Nevada blowing dust can be seen moving S[outh]across the counties of Mineral, Lyon and Churchill." As you keep going east from Lyon and Churchill counties to Mineral county, and then over two more counties, you get to the city of Las Vegas where at 10:00 A.M. that day (March 18) a radiation monitoring station outside the Atomic Testing Museum began to go haywire.

Average airborne gamma radiation levels rarely ever fluctuate in the city of Las Vegas from the background level of about 10 microRem/hr but last Thursday that monitoring station began recording increases in gamma radiation of eight times background radiation levels. Radiation levels since then have kept climbing but mysteriously the data is also increasingly disappearing from a website that streams the data for the public to see (or not to see).

What could it be? Is the equipment malfunctioning? Or is the government censoring something?

Or could the 'area of haze of unknown composition' that crossed into California be the remnants of a radioactive dust storm from China that picked up Lop Nor nuclear bomb testing fallout dust and is now increasing radiation levels in Sin City? Sounds far-fetched?

Consider that previous dust storms from China have dumped dust on car windshields in California. Consider that another dust storm - one of the worst in recent history - is now blocking out the sun in cities in East Asia and is coming soon to the West Coast. What is in that dust? What is in store for us and our radiation levels?


Andrew, founder of, is author of a new book about Fukushima and radiation monitoring.

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