29 Mar '11, 8pm

Calm urged as radiation spreads across Asia

MANILA - Small amounts of radiation from Japan's leaking nuclear power plant have spread across Asia, authorities said Tuesday, deepening concerns for millions of people already wary of eating Japanese food. The governments of China, South Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam reported that radiation had drifted over their territories, although they emphasised the levels were so small that there was no health risk. "We would like to ask the public not to panic. These are very tiny amounts in the air," Philippine Nuclear Research Institute spokeswoman Tina Cerbolis said, echoing officials in the other countries to have detected the radiation. "I can firmly assure you that this amount will not have an iota of impact on the lives of ordinary Koreans," Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety chief Yun Choul-Ho told reporters in Seoul. Nevertheless the development was another reminder f...

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