10 Apr '11, 9pm

Hong Kong detects tiny traces of radiation

HONG KONG: Small amounts of radioactive material have been detected in Hong Kong for the first time since the Japan disasters triggered a nuclear crisis, according to the city's meteorologists. A "very minute amount" of radiaoactive Caesium-137 was detected in air samples taken from the city on Saturday, together with Iodine-131 from air samples, said a statement from the Hong Kong Observatory. "Since the amount of radioactive Iodine-131 and Caesium-137 detected are both very small, there will not be any impact on public health and no precautionary measures are required," the statement added. The samples were taken over a 24-hour period over 8 to 9 April, it said. "The environmental gamma radiation level in Hong Kong remains normal," the statement said, adding that monitoring of the radioactivity levels will continue. Countries across Asia have stepped up precautionary che...

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