Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Japan radiation 'heading to Britain' from Fukushima plant as particles are detected over Europe - 23rd Mar 2011

Radiation from the stricken Japanese nuclear power plant has reached Europe and is heading towards Britain, it emerged last night.

Officials in Iceland have detected ‘minuscule amounts’ of radioactive particles believed to have come from Fukushima, the site of the worst nuclear accident in 25 years.

Last night the Government said radiation from Japan had not been detected by Britain’s network of monitoring stations set up after the 1986 Chernobyl explosion. A spokesman said any signs of radiation were not expected in the next few days.

However, France’s nuclear agency said tiny amounts were likely to arrive in the country by today.

The traces of radioactive iodine are being measured by a network of 63 monitoring stations as they spread east across the Pacific, over North America and into the North Atlantic.

Radiation from nuclear accidents and explosions is monitored by the UN’s Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation, based in Vienna. Read More