VIDEO: No Immediate Threat to Guam of Radiation Fallout From Japan Nuclear Crisis


Guam – As concern continues to grow over the ongoing release of radiation form Japan’s damaged nuclear power plants, Civil Defense officials here on Guam held a briefing this afternoon [Wednesday] to assure island residents that no radiation has been detected from the events to our north and none is expected, but they are watching.

The lights are on, 24-7 in the Emergency Operations Center within the Civil Defense bunker up in Agana Heights. Events nearly 2-thousand miles away at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant are on the screen and under close watch.

Since Monday, technicians at Andersen Air Force Base have been actively monitoring the air quality on Guam for any sign of radiation from those damaged reactors in Japan. The Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Mike Carey says “zero” radiation has been detected.

However, Carey says the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] is sending 2 additional radiation monitoring units to Guam. The plan is to
put one unit up in Saipan, and to place the other with the Guam Guard’s Civil Support Team [CST]. Cpt. Sean Cripps is the CST’s Science Officer.

Cpt. Cripps explained that the trigger point for monitoring radiation particulates in the air is 100 milli-rem, a level set so low so that it provides a warning, but at that level, radiation poses no risk to humans. The levels would have to rise far higher, up to 50 rem, before posing a public health risk.

Tuesday, National Weather Service Warning Coordinator Chip Guard said that current weather patterns are taking what ever radiation is coming out of those Japanese plants east towards Alaska. No air from Japan would reach our region for at least a week and likely longer, said Guard. And when that air from Japan finally circulates back here to our region, Guard said if it contained any radiation, it  would be so dispersed that its impact would be negligible. 

Wednesday Guard said that his assessment had not changed, but all further comments on the events in Japan would have to come from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.