Radiation levels in Russia’s Far East remain within norm

Radiation levels remain within the norm in all districts of Russia’s Far East, a spokesman for the regional emergencies ministry said on Monday.

Local authorities introduced daily radiation monitoring in all districts following the accident at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant in March. Radiation on the ground, sea and in the air is being measured at 630 stationary and mobile posts.

“As of Monday morning 10:00 a.m. Khabarovsk time [23:00 GMT Sunday], no radiation above natural background levels has been detected in Far Eastern districts. Measures range from 12 to 15 micro roentgen per hour,” the spokesman said.

Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was seriously damaged by a powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11. Fukushima’s operator has since been struggling to stop radioactive leaks from the plant’s crippled reactors. Radioactive elements have been found in the water, air and food products in some parts of Japan.

VLADIVOSTOK, May 9 (RIA Novosti)

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