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Taiwan finds 1st radioactivity from Japan in air

Last Updated: Friday, April 1, 2011 - 10:25

Taipei: Taiwan has found low levels of radioactive iodine 131 from Japan`s stricken nuclear plant in air samples from the island`s north, its nuclear energy body said, but the levels do not pose any health risk.

It is the first finding in Taiwan since the disaster at Japan`s Fukushima Daiichi plant, but amounted to 5/10,000 of the radiation given off by one chest X-ray, the Atomic Energy Council said late on Thursday.

The finding prompted the Taipei city government to announce on Friday it would step up testing of imported foods in the city`s supermarkets and stores.
The council is already separately monitoring all imported goods from Japan.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, April 1, 2011 - 10:25
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