Radioactive cloud reaching Philippines: Vietnam

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A radioactive cloud from Japan’s Fukushima I plant is moving south over the Pacific and will reach the north of the Philippines today (Tuesday), reported Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

Fume rises up from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 21 Photo: Reuters

The information was based on the nuclear radiation data of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), the ministry said.

A ministry’s group of experts who are following up developments of the recent nuclear explosion at the plant forecast this radioactive cloud is unlikely to have impacts on Vietnam.

Meanwhile, CTBTO’s data also indicated that another radioactive cloud has appeared in the Atlantic Ocean, according to CTBTO.

Six of the radionuclide monitoring stations of CTBTO, including one in the US and the other in Canada, have so far found out nuclear radiation. Meanwhile, some other stations in Southeast Asia, including those in Malaysia and the Philippines, have yet to discover any.

The nuclear radiation detectors at these stations are super sensitive so they can detect radioactive particles at minuscule levels in the atmosphere, said the group.

Some kinds of food and vegetables in many areas in Japan have reportedly been inflected with radiation.

The Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety yesterday tested two Vietnamese citizens returning home from Japan for radioactive infection. The test results later showed that both of them were not infected with I-131 and Cs-137 radioactive isotopes.

By yesterday, no radioactive dispersion was found in Vietnam, Ministry of Science and Technology reported.

The nuclear incident at the Fukushima I plant has remained under the control of the Japanese Government, the ministry said.

The cooling of the plant’s reactors with seawater pumped in from specialized fire engines has paid off, with the temperatures of the reactors having gone down, the ministry added.

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