30 Mar '11, 12am

Nuclear fears spark rush for radiation detectors

Nuclear fears spark rush for radiation detectors

WASHINGTON - A scare over irradiated food from Japan has sparked a global rush to buy radiation detectors, US dealers said Tuesday, with most reporting they have no more stock to sell. Buyers, especially from Pacific rim countries, are snapping up geiger counters amid worries that radiation from the hobbled Fukushima nuclear power plant is spreading around the world. "Sales are through the roof. We had to suspend orders on our site more than a week ago," said Tim Flanagan, owner of GeigerCounter.com -- which sports a banner, "We are SOLD OUT." "With this crisis, it's just gone through the roof. We're getting calls from all over the world about these meters," said Mike McBride of Industrial Test Systems, which makes two models of radiation testers. It's the same story elsewhere. GS Geiger, which sells a $450 German-made hand-held detector, puts the wait time at four months ...

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