27 Mar '11, 3am

China detects low levels of radioactive iodine in air

BEIJING: Authorities in northeast China have detected extremely low levels of radioactive iodine in the air which they say is from the stricken nuclear power plant in Japan, state media and officials said. The environment ministry said Saturday that monitoring stations in Heilongjiang province had found "infinitesimal" traces of radioactive iodine-131, but the public did not need to take "protective measures". China's National Nuclear Emergency Coordination Committee said the radioactive iodine had been emitted by the nuclear power facility in Fukushima, which was crippled by a massive quake and ensuing tsunami two weeks ago. But the committee said "public health and the environment remain unaffected by radioactivity" released by the plant, the official Xinhua news agency reported. On Friday, China banned imports of several food products from Japan and stepped up checks on...

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