Health effects of Fukushima accident assessed in Vienna

IAEA assessment team at Fukushima Daichi plant

Exposure to radiation and the health effects caused by the accident at the Fukushima plant in Japan in March last year are being assessed at a meeting that started in Vienna on Monday.

The weeklong meeting of the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) is being attended by 60 international experts.

Radioactive material that was released from the plant after it was damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 contaminated air, water, plants and animals dozens of kilometres from the site.

A preliminary report will be presented in May this year and a final report to the General Assembly next year.

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