The EAS Emergency Alert System accidentally sounded in New Jersey, scaring residents that a nuclear emergency was imminent.
The nuclear power plant warning issued in Cumberland and Salem counties was sent out by mistake.
The message read as follows; “a civil authority has issued a nuclear power plant warning for the following counties/areas.”
Not too long after the incident, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management tweeted out that the message was a false alarm.
Interestingly enough, the warning system triggered on the East Coast when in reality it should be triggered on the West Coast given the incident surrounding the nuclear incident at Hanford.
“They’re fighting a losing battle to keep these plants from falling apart,” said Robert Alvarez, a former policy adviser at the U.S. Department of Energy who was charged with making an inventory of nuclear sites under President Bill Clinton.
“The longer you wait to deal with this problem, the more dangerous it becomes,” said Alvarez, a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, where he focuses on nuclear energy and disarmament. – Reuters
Officials claim that there is no radiation being released from the collapsed tunnel, but those same officials will also claim the Fukushima is not a problem for the USA.
No radiation was released during Tuesday’s incident at a plutonium-handling facility in the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state, but thousands of workers were ordered to take cover and some were evacuated as a precaution. – Reuters