DOST PNRI monitors Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident in Japan

Contrary to some media reports, the DOST PNRI is not recommending the routine screening for radio activity of travelers from Japan and other countries abroad. 
It was found that no abnormal amount of radio activity on travelers from Japan who requested scanning from the DOST-PNRI.  According to World Health Organization, travelers returning from Japan who have come from beyond the 20-km evacuation zone surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and who have undergone proper screening and decontamination procedures in Japan, do not pose a radioactive health risk to others and do not require screening.
        The DOST-PNRI continues to closely monitor the situation at the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclea Power Plants. Here are the following news bits:
        • Japanese recovery operations are continuing and meeting some successes including restoration of grid power to Units 1, 2, 5, and 6. Further large releases of radioactivity remain unlikely to happen.

       • The Japanese government is considering relevant precautionary measures and instructed four Prefectures around the nuclear power plants namely Ibaraki, Gunma, Tochigi, and Fukushima to refrain from distributing two types of vegetables (spinach and kakina) from these Prefectures and milk from Fukushima.

      • Radiation levels in major Japanese cities have not changed significantly and remain below those which are dangerous to human health.

      • Discussion among government agencies headed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), DOST, PNRI, National Dairy Authority (NDA), Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has begun in order to address the concern of the public regarding imported food items from Japan. The PNRI will continue to conduct radioactivity measurements in food as needed.

      • Portal monitors previously installed in the Port of Manila are already scanning container vans for radioactivity.
      • For the latest information on on-site and off-site radiological situations about the Fukushima accident, please access the following websites: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) website (; and Nuclear and Industrial Safety Administration (NISA) of Japan (
      • For further advisories, please call the PNRI trunklines with Tel Nos. 929-6010 to 19 or visit the following websites: DOST (, PNRI (; and

      • Latest DOST-PNRI RADIATION LEVEL CHECK at PNRI grounds as of 3:00 PM, March 21, 2011: 95-122 nSv/hr (nanosieverts per hour) and the STATUS is NORMAL

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