Russian Far East emergencies service reports normal radiation levels

Radiation levels are within the norm in all districts of Russia’s Far East, where local authorities introduced daily radiation monitoring following the accident at the Japanese nuclear power plant last month, a spokeswoman for the regional emergencies ministry said on Tuesday.

“As of Tuesday morning 8:00 a.m. local time [21:00 GMT Monday], we have not detected radiation above natural background levels in Far Eastern districts,” she 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.

Last week the Russian Geographic Society sent an expedition to the Sea of Japan to monitor the levels of nuclear contamination in the water, and check on seismic processes in an area stretching from the Kuril Islands to Kamchatka Peninsula.


VLADIVOSTOK, April 26 (RIA Novosti)

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