|Pedestrians pass through the Oriental Pearl TV Tower in Shanghai, east China, March 14, 2011. The nuclear leakage in Japan caused by Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami would not affect East China Sea in the near future, a State Oceanic Administration official said. The administration has been monitoring radiation in the East China Sea area since Japan's nuclear leakage. (Xinhua)
SHANGHAI, March 14 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese environmental monitoring team has not found radioactive substances in the East China Sea from samples collected immediately following the first explosion at a nuclear power plant on Japan's east coast.
Initial test results of the sampled water showed no abnormal signs, said Xu Ren, director of the environmental monitoring center of the State Oceanic Administration's East China Sea Branch.
Further tests will be conducted while a second batch of monitoring boats will depart Tuesday to collect new samples from the East China Sea, Xu said.
The samples were collected from monitoring spots located at 1,500-2,500 km away from Japan's Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. At least two hydrogen blasts have hit the plant's nuclear reactors since a magnitude 9 earthquake struck northeast Japan last Friday, triggering a tsunami and causing widespread devastation.
Japan's nuclear safety agency has urged residents living around the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant to stay indoors and avoid exposure to possible radioactive substances.
S Korea unlikely to be affected by radiation leak in Japan
SEOUL, March 14 (Xinhua) -- South Korea is unlikely to be affected by a radiation leakage from quake-damaged Japanese nuclear power plant, the foreign ministry said here on Monday.
"We don't believe there was a large-scale leakage, and therefore it seems unlikely that the Korean peninsula will be affected by the leak,"foreign ministry spokesman Cho Byung-Je told reporters at a news briefing. Full story