No Radiation Detected In Malaysia

Posted on October 7, 2011. Filed under: Pollution |

(Bernama) — The Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry through the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB), Malaysian Nuclear Agency and the Malaysian Meteorological Department are still actively monitoring the aftermath of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, as well as its impact on Malaysia.

Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said as part of AELB’s standard operating procedure, they were continuously monitoring the environmental radiation level using the Environmental Radiological Monitoring System (ERMS) located in seven locations nationwide.

They are in Chuping, Ipoh, Senai, Melaka, Kuantan, Sri Aman and Kudat.

“Readings at these sites continue to show levels that are normal and safe for the public,” he said in a statement today.

Ongkili said routine monitoring using Radiation Portal Monitors stationed at four international airports — Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Penang and Kuching — did not detect any radioactive contamination.

Besides that, samples of rainwater, seawater, drinking water, soil and flora taken from all around the country also did not show any harmful radioactive contamination.

However, he said, the AELB would continue its environmental sampling activity throughout Malaysia.

Malaysians visiting or living in Japan are advised to avoid the 20km radiation hot zone and to always follow the advice given by the Japanese government.

AELB and the Malaysian Nuclear Agency will continue to offer free individual contamination screening at their respective headquarters.

On Sept 12, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency) reported that the six reactors at Fukushima Daiichi were esentially stable after being in a very serious state for the past six months.

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