China safe from radiation leaking from reactors in Japan say officials

March 16th, 2011 - 5:06 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Mar 16 (ANI): Officials in China have said that the country will not be affected by the wide dispersion of radiation from leaking reactors in Japan, in the next three days.

Experts in ocean, air and environmental studies assured the public on March 15 that the radiation leak in Japan is unlikely to reach China in the short term, China Daily reported.

Sun Jun, chief weather forecaster of the China Meteorological Administration and a member of the experts panel of the national nuclear emergency coordination committee made the announcement.

“Before Friday, the wind in Japan is expected to blow mainly to the southeast and, since we are to the west of Japan, radioactive pollutants are not likely to reach China,” Jun said.

Jun said wind and a mild rain in Sendai and Fukushima, two of the cities most damaged by the recent tsunami, were blowing toward Tokyo at about 2 to 3 meters a second.

He said a cold front will pass through the quake-stricken areas on March 16, causing the temperature to drop by about 3 degrees and bringing light snow or rain.

“Judging by the wind direction predicted for the next four days, the radioactive contaminants are likely to be dispersed inside Japan and the Pacific region,” Jun stated.

Yu Fujiang, deputy director of the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Centre of the State Oceanic Administration, said that the radiation leaks will not affect China’s coastal waters within the next three days.

Fujiang said the State Oceanic Administration’s departments overseeing the Bohai Sea, Yellow Sea, East China Sea and South China Sea began conducting water-quality tests soon after the earthquake and so far has found no evidence of pollution.

Li Yun, a researcher of the centre, said chances are low that the radiation leaks in Japan will affect waters near China even in the long run.

“According to our data on tidal movements, the tides near Fukushima generally go to the east, to the Pacific Ocean,” Yun said. (ANI)

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