Fukushima Power Plant Radiation Not a Health Threat to Tokyo

Mar 17, 2011, 07:33

Radiation has been leaking from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Okuma since last week's 9-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami, but officials in Tokyo say the level of radioactivity in the Japanese capital is low and not a danger to residents.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said other than monitoring radiation levels in the capital, the government has no plans for any additional intervention, The Japan Times Online reported Thursday.

"This (radiation levels in Tokyo) has already fallen," Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said. "For now, the usual and normal situation continues."

The amount of radiation detected in the capital is less than the amount absorbed during chest X-rays, the metropolitan government said.

"Since we are still looking at the radiation levels (in the capital) and the figures have not been hazardous to health, we are not considering for now any countermeasures," said Keiichi Nakaya, a spokesperson for the metropolitan government.

Source: UPI