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Monday, March 28, 2011 - 05.37 GMT

Returnees from Japan test negative for radiation


The Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) has so far screened over 150 returnees from Japan and none of them have been tested positive for radiation exposure.

These returnees visited the special desk at the Authority in Orugodawatte to get a free screening for radiation exposure.

Since the disaster at the Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, the Authority had been observing the atmosphere above the country constantly and sometimes on an hourly basis to ascertain if contaminated air has reached Sri Lanka. According to the AEA the chance of contaminated air drifting as far as Sri Lanka is highly remote.

The tests are for checking whether radioactive emissions such as Caesium, Iodine and Strontium, the emissions from the reactor fuel Uranium Oxide are present in the atmosphere. But so far there have been no positive readings for these substances in the air.

The AEA is keeping close contact with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for their readings on Japan and neighbouring atmosphere and getting daily readings from the IAEA. According to their readings, not even Korea, which is closest to Japan has shown any atmospheric contamination.

The air above the nuclear plant in Fukushima has been tested positive for radiation. But there is no indication that these radioactive emissions have reached the clouds.

The Met Department has confirmed that the airflow from Japan had been towards the Pacific, away from Sri Lanka but the AEA is to continue their observations until the threat is completely over.






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