Radiation outside Japan not a threat: WHO

Radiation is drifting from Japan's damaged nuclear power plant to other countries, but the World Health Organization (WHO) says it's not a threat.

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant

There has been a lot of controversy over just how much radiation is leaking and travelling through the air.

WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl says there are several different organizations and governments around the world measuring levels, which may account for discrepancies.

“We, of course, know that the situation is fluid, so we would not want top say anything going forward, but, so I repeat at this moment outside of Japan thesedo not present any public health danger.”

Meanwhile, three workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were exposed to elevated levels of radiation on Thursday, after standing in contaminated water.

The IAEA says so far 17 workers in all have received unacceptable radiation levels.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is echoing calls by the IAEA for a review of safety measures for all nuclear plants in the wake of this disaster.

In Japan, officials announced they had revised the death toll from the March 11th earthquake and tsunami and now say that 10,000 people have been killed.

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