Tokyo tap water found to have radioactive iodine beyond Japan’s regulated standards

March 20th, 2011 - 11:36 am ICT by ANI  

Tokyo, Mar 20 (ANI): Radioactive iodine beyond Japan’s regulated standards has reportedly been detected in the tap water in Tokyo apparently because of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following the earthquake-cum-tsunmi earlier this month.

The Kyodo news agency quoted the government as saying that small amounts of radioactive iodine have been detected in tap water in Tokyo, its vicinity and most prefectures neighboring Fukushima.

Besides the detection of radiactive substance in Tokyo, Tochigi, Gunma, Niigata, Chiba, and Saitama prefectures, traces of cesium have been also found in tap water in Tochigi and Gunma. However, the government assured that the levels would not affect human health even if it gets ingested.

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry notified local governments that people should be stoped from drinking tap water if levels of radioactive materials in tap water rise above regulated standards.

The education ministry said that 77 becquerels of iodine was found in per kilogram of water in Tochigi, 2.5 becquerels in Gunma, 0.62 becquerels in Saitama, 0.79 becquerels in Chiba, 1.5 becquerels in Tokyo and 0.27 becquerels in Niigata, against an intake limit of 300 becquerels.

The amount of cesium per kilogram of water was reportedly 1.6 becquerels in Tochigi and 0.22 in Gunma, against the limit of 200 becquerels set by the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan. (ANI)

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