UN agencies monitoring Japan nuclear radiation leakage

Radioactive material is being released directly into the atmosphere, following a fire at damaged Japanese Nuclear power plants according to the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA.

Japan nuclear accident

Japan nuclear accident

The fire has since been put out but Japanese authorities have ordered an evacuation of people living within a 20 kilometer radius from the power stations.

The nuclear facilities were damaged following the earthquake and tsunami that struck north-east Japan last week.

The UN’s World Meteorological Organization has begun monitoring how radioactive material from the damaged Japanese nuclear power plants was being dispersed in the atmosphere.

Michel Jarraud is the head of WMO.

“WMO is coordinating a system of regional specialized centers which provide to all the relevant authorities information on the trajectory but also where the particles might be washed down by precipitation. We have three regional centers one of them is in Japan, another one in China and a third one in Russia covering this part of the world.”

The World Health Organization says exposure to high levels of radioactive material is a threat to public health.

WHO says the evacuations ordered by the Japanese government from areas surrounding the damaged nuclear plans were in-line with public health safety procedures for nuclear accidents.

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