Fukushima plant radiation leak yet to threaten China: Official

Radioactive water leaking from Japan`s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has not yet threatened Chinese waters, the government said on Sunday.

Beijing: Radioactive water leaking from Japan`s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has not yet threatened Chinese waters, the government said on Sunday.

The latest monitoring data showed that contaminated water areas have expanded, but no immediate impact on waters under the jurisdiction of China has been reported, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said.

The SOA has carried out regular monitoring of the Western Pacific Ocean since the Fukushima nuclear accident in March 2011, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today.

Follow-up monitoring will be continued to safeguard China`s maritime rights and interests, it said, adding monitoring can also be conducted in waters near Fukushima to detect new developments in the nuclear crisis.

An earthquake and tsunami caused meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant in northeast Japan. No death was recorded officially as a direct result of the meltdown at the reactors though large areas around the plant had to be evacuated.

More than two years after the disaster, Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) continued to struggle with the clean-up, a project expected to take around four decades.

PTI

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