15 Mar '11, 11pm

Fake text message causes regional panic (via ST iPhone App)

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said that Singapore would not be affected by radioactive rain because Japan's nuclear reactors were located 5,000lm away - a radiation shower would require a complete meltdown of Japan's reactors. -- PHOTO: AFP TOKYO - A FAKE text message warning people that radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant had leaked beyond Japan has had people panicking across Asia. The message, purportedly sent by the BBC, has been circulating since Monday and warns people to take precautions against the possible ill-effects of radiation. The BBC has clarified that it issued no such newsflash and is not behind the fake message. However, the fake alert caused alarm in the Philippines. Some media reports suggested that workers and children were sent home as the rumour spread, prompting the Philippine government to issue an official denial. The country's Depa...

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