High radiation levels in Japanese travellers to China

March 26th, 2011 - 12:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, March 26 (IANS) Two Japanese travellers who had flown into an eastern city in China from Tokyo had radiation levels well above safety limits, officials said.

The travellers who flew into Wuxi city in Jiangsu province had radiation levels that “seriously exceeded the limit”, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

They came from Nagano and Saitama prefectures in Japan, the agency said.

An official in Wuxi said: “It (radiation) was on their clothes, it has not affected their bodies.”

This discovery marked the first time that contamination from the nuclear crisis reached the Chinese mainland, the Shanghai Daily said.

The agency said the Japanese nationals were given medical treatment and now pose no risk to others.

The authorities in Japan have said no one, apart from workers at the nuclear plant, has been found to have seriously elevated radiation levels.

Japan’s Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman Takeshi Matsunaga earlier said that according to the International Civil Aviation Association, screening of passengers from Japan was not considered necessary.

China had also detected “abnormal” radiation levels on a Japanese merchant ship entering the port at Xiamen in Fujian province earlier this week.

The agency said inspection teams discovered radiation on the MOL Presence, but did not say if it was the ship or the goods onboard that were affected.

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