Radiation leak sparks conspiracy theories

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – When you YouTube New Mexico, conspiracy theories about UFOs and aliens are everywhere. This Waste Isolation Pilot Plant leak has spawned a new wave of conspiracy theories, with people claiming it’s much worse than the government’s letting on, and it’s a big cover-up.

There is plenty of talk out there, some people even pretending to be legitimate news outlets, claiming it’s time to get masks, or get out of town.

“Do not expect them to let you know that its coming,” said one man in a post regarding the radiation leak.

There are dozens of YouTube videos claiming the radiation leak at WIPP is way bigger than the government is letting on.

“The issue is there is something going on, there is radiation coming from that plant,” said one blogger.

“So the winds are gonna switch and change and its gonna blow back, evaporation is gonna liberate it, its gonna get into the water, into all your farmland,” said another theorist.

At it’s peak, officials said the actual radiation levels were about a quarter of what you’d get in a chest x-ray. It was safe enough to have workers at the plant on Thursday.

“Now these news agencies are trying to say ‘oh they can’t spread it they can’t spread it, don’t freak out everybody,’ but hey, 13 news reporters test positive for radiation down here,” said one man.

We know that’s not true.

When you search New Mexico radiation into YouTube, there are pages and pages of results, and many conspiracy theories out there. Some people are saying we’re not even safe in Albuquerque.

“You need to have the ability to flee at a moment’s notice. That means having P-100 face masks at the ready, being able to hop in your car, whatever it takes,” said another man in an online post.

But, federal officials reiterated Thursday, the city of Carlsbad is not at risk from the leak, let alone Albuquerque.

There are also a lot of reports online that Kirtland Air Force base placed an emergency order for 1,200 radiation suits as a result of the leak.  KRQE News 13 called and talked to a base spokesperson Thursday, who said that’s not true.

Some of those faux news reports on YouTube and some of the video bloggers also talk about a big cloud of radiation supposedly spreading across the country.

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