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Situation normal in nationwide checks

SHANGHAI is in no danger of fallout from Japan's nuclear crisis with every index showing normal levels so far, local authorities said yesterday.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection said the crisis at the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi plant would have no effect on China according to the results of air monitoring in 42 major cities including Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou.

According to the statistics provided by the ministry, the amounts detected in the air, a common index measuring radioactive levels, were all in the normal range.

"We are monitoring the radioactive pollutants in the air every day and so far everything's fine," said Chen Wei, an official with the Shanghai Environmental Bureau.

"We update the statistics to the national ministry every day to make sure the public are aware of the latest situation," Chen added.

Shanghai is under a high-pressure weather system at the moment and should not be affected by radiation, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said yesterday.

The small amount of iodine-131 detected in Heilongjiang Province on Saturday were probably blown in by east winds caused by an area of low pressure, Zhang Ruiyi, chief service officer of the weather bureau, said.

"Shanghai is in a different circulation system, plus Heilongjiang is much closer to Fukushima than Shanghai," Zhang added.

The air streams affecting the city at present were mainly coming from the north and it was unlikely that any pollutants could travel to the city from about 2,000 kilometers away, Zhang said.


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