16 Mar '11, 6am

Radiation hoax sparks panic in Philippines

MANILA: Hoax news alerts warning that the Philippines would be hit with radiation from Japan's damaged nuclear power plant have sparked anger and confusion, with panicked schools sending their pupils home. Authorities were forced to issue advisories discrediting the reports, which circulated via mobile phone messages and social networking sites, while the justice secretary warned those behind the fake alerts could be prosecuted. "There is no scientific and technical basis that a radioactive plume or nuclear fallout from Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants will hit... the Philippines," the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute said on Tuesday. The hoax news alerts started spreading via text messages on the Philippines' hyperactive mobile phone networks on Monday, as radiation leaked from Japan's quake and tsunami-damaged Fukushima power plant. One purportedly issued by a...

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