Geneva, May 25: A World Health Organisation report has revealed that radiation levels across most of Japan are below cancer-causing levels, since the Fukushima plant accident occurred due to an earthquake a year ago.
The preliminary report, which is part of a wider ongoing health assessment by WHO, claimed that although two areas near the plant have relatively higher levels of radiation, but radiation levels in surrounding countries are close to normal.
While most of Japan has levels of 0.1-1 mSv, neighbouring countries have less than 0.01 mSv. Namie town and Itate village, near the plant in eastern Japan, are exposed to radiation levels of 10-50 millisieverts (mSv), while the rest of Fukushima has radiation levels of 1-10 mSv, the WHO report said.
The report also said that the international radiological protection community as “very small” below those regards levels outside Japan.
The earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March 2011 triggered a nuclear meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, causing radiation leaks and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people. (ANI)