15 Mar '11, 12pm

Winds blowing radioactivity offshore, away from Japan: WMO

GENEVA: The UN weather agency said Tuesday that winds are currently blowing radioactive material towards the ocean, and that there were "no implications" for Japan or countries nearby. "All the meterological conditions are offshore, there are no implications inshore for Japan or other countries near Japan," Maryam Golnaraghi, who heads the weather agency's disaster risk reduction programme, told journalists. A World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) spokeswoman warned however that the conditions "will fluctuate as the weather systems progress." Forecasts issued earlier Tuesday indicate that winds near the surface were blowing north-easterly, before shifting easterly. This means that they are blowing toward the open ocean. At 1,000 metres above the surface, they will be easterly, before moving south-easterly. For Wednesday, however, the winds at both the surface and above 1...

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