Malaysia Keeping Close Watch On Quake-hit Nuclear Plant In Japan

Posted on March 15, 2011. Filed under: Energy |

KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 (Bernama) — The government keeps a close watch on the situation in Japan and has been regularly updated of the latest happening on the quake-hit Japanese nuclear power plant to ensure safety of Malaysians said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

Two agencies under the ministry, namely the Atomic Energy Licensing Board and Nuclear Malaysia have been keeping a close watch on the situation and receiving relevant information and data through their network with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), he said.

Ongkili said the environmental radiology monitoring system at six locations throughout Malaysia – Chuping, Ipoh, Kota Kinabalu, Kuantan, Kudat and Senai – did not show any significant rise in radiation levels in Malaysia.

“The system shows that the levels are normal,” he said in a statement.

Other safety measures in place include the implementation of radiation portal monitoring systems at international entries such as KLIA, Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching airports that can detect passengers or baggage contaminated with radioactive material, he said.

He called on the Malaysian public to shun rumours, including those circulated through SMS and internet, claiming that radiation from the problematic nuclear plant in Japan would reach the Philippines and other Asian countries.

He said based on the latest information from the IAEA, the report was an unfounded one.

“The incident is classified as Level 4 under the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale, which is localised within the area. (Three Miles Island incident was at Level 5, Chernobyl at Level 7). As of 5pm today, the IAEA has confirmed that radiation level was under control.

“In the latest information obtained from the IAEA Tuesday, explosion is also reported to have occurred at the Unit 2 and sheltering order has been issued to those within 20 to 30km radius of the facility. The IAEA has maintained that the situation is under control,” he said in a statement here.

The public are advised to rely on authoritative information pertaining to the incidences, released by the National Security Council or other agencies.

A 8.9 magnitude earthquake rocked Japan on Friday, unleashing a 10-metre high tsunami which lashed the northeastern part of the country, resulting in up to 10,000 people killed in the twin disasters.

The calamities had created an incident at the nuclear station in Fukushima Daichi, which has six units of nuclear reactors, and the impact also caused the cooling systems of Unit 1 and Unit 3 to stop functioning.

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we are traveling to malaysia with the grandkids this month and i was concerned about the nuclear problems japan is experiencing


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