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Low level of radiation detected in China`s southeastern coast

Chinese authorities say parts of country`s south eastern coastal areas have begun experiencing "extremely low levels" of radioactive materials in the air emanating from the ruptured Japanese nuclear power plant.

Updated: Mar 29, 2011, 14:16 PM IST

Beijing: Chinese authorities say parts of
country`s south eastern coastal areas have begun experiencing "extremely low levels" of radioactive materials in the air
emanating from the ruptured Japanese nuclear power plant.

"Extremely low levels" of radioactive material have
been detected in southeastern coastal areas but the radiation
of these levels will not affect public health or the
environment, China`s National Nuclear Emergency Coordination
Committee said in a statement.

Quoting experts it said no protective measures were
needed against the materials, which were believed to have been
dispersed by air from the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi
Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.

The committee said the detected levels of radioactive
materials were below one-hundred-thousandth of the natural
background radiation.

"The incident at Japan`s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear
Power Plant hasn`t had any impact on the environment and
people`s health in China thus far," said the statement.

The conclusion was based on the monitoring and
analysis results from the Beijing-based Regional Specialized
Meteorological Center affiliated with the World Meteorological
Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA), the State Oceanic Administration and the Ministry of
Environmental Protection, the statement said.

Earlier, Chinese experts said low levels of
radioactive iodine-131 detected in the air of China`s north
eastern Heilongjiang Province over the weekend were no threat to public health.
However the radiation made people all over China to
store large amounts of iodised salt, which virtually
disappeared from shelves.

The Ministry of Health has ordered local
administrations in 14 places including Beijing, Tianjin,
Shanghai and some coastal provinces to test drinking water and
food for radiation.

"Based on the current situation, people don`t need to
worry about the contamination of the air or of food and water
here," said Wang Zhongwen, a researcher at the China Institute
of Atomic Energy`s radiation safety department.
As for the radiation testing ordered by the ministry,
Wang said it was part of routine inspections of food and water
undertaken in many parts of the country.

To prevent contamination, the General Administration
of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine has
prohibited the importation of some Japanese foods, including
dairy products, seafood and vegetables.

PTI