Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Radioactive fall out from Fukushima

'Radioactive fallout scatters in Japan'

Japan's Science Ministry says radioactive substances from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have spread across the country following Japan's devastating temblor in March.

28 November, 2011

The ministry said that the cesium from the stricken nuclear plant has now reached all prefectures including Uruma in Okinawa Prefecture, about 1,700 kilometers from the plant, Japan's daily newspaper The Japan Times reported on Friday. 

The news comes against a backdrop of unwavering and illegal supports by the Japanese Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano, which have helped prevent the country's nuclear scandal from being revealed in international circles. 

The ministry confirmed the radioactive substances came from the stricken nuclear plant since, in all cases, they contained cesium-134, which has a half-life of about two years. 

A destructive 9-magnitude earthquake and an ensuing tsunami struck Japan's northern coasts on March 11, setting off a nuclear crisis by knocking out power to cooling systems of reactors at the Fukushima plant and causing radioactive leaks. 

Before the earthquake, radioactive substances were hardly detectable in most areas. 

On November 18, The Japan Times reported that large areas of eastern and northeastern Japan were probably contaminated with concentrations of cesium-137. 

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