The Ministry of Science and Technology said Wednesday Vietnam isn’t affected by the radiation released by the recent explosions at Fukushima Power Plan I in Japan.
The ministry said in a press conference that radioactive release in Japan after the accidents remained low and unlikely to affect Vietnam.
According to Doctor Dang Thanh Luong, Vice Director of the Bureau of Radiation and Nuclear Safety, as of Tuesday, radioactive levels in Tokyo were 40 times higher than normal, which Japan said wouldn’t cause any harm to human health and the environment.
Luong said the radioactive clouds that were heading to the northeast of Japan toward the seas were unlikely to head toward Vietnam. Radiation control centers in Hanoi hadn’t registered any abnormal data either, he said.
According to the ministry, several factors caused the explosions at Fukushima 1.
The 1st and 3rd realtors belonged to an older generation and couldn’t withstand the earthquake that struck Japan on March 11.
The tsunami that followed flooded the electricity generator, preventing the emergency cooling system from working.
These realtors didn’t have an automatic emergency system that doesn’t depend on electricity or human intervention.
Japan is still investigating the causes of the explosions at the 2nd and 4th realtors.
The Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency classified the Fukushima I accidents as Level 4 (compared with the most serious or Level 7 disaster at Chernobyl in the former USSR in 1986, and the Level 5 accident at Three Mile Island Power Plant in the US in 1979).