The Soreq Nuclear Research Center announced that traces of radiation had reached Israel on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.This radioactive material is most likely to have carried from Japan, where the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant exploded following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that has left scores of Japanese dead and missing.
Although the number 2 reactor at the Fukushima plant in Japan is leaking dangerous quantities of radiation, Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission noted that the concentration of Iodine-131 detected in Israel is 400,000 times lower than after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear explosion and posed no environmental or health risks.
“The public can continue its daily routine as usual,” the IAEC said in a statement. Traces of radiation stemming from Japan have been discovered in Siberia, the Pacific, North America, and most Chinese provinces.
More on the Japanese nuclear disaster and consequences for the Middle East:
Japan Nuclear Meltdown Will Seriously Affect World Environment
As Japan Nuclear Plant Melts Down, Israel Plans To Build A “Safe One”
As Japan Plant Nears Meltdown, What Can The Middle East Do To Prepare
For more news on Israel, see the Jerusalem Post.
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