Radioactive Iodine Taints Japan’s Tap Water
Posted on Mar 19, 2011
Adding to safety fears for those in Japan, the government there has reportedly found trace amounts of radioactive iodine in the tap water of six areas, including Tokyo.
While the levels did not exceed safety limits, the news follows a ban earlier in the day on the sale of food products originating from near the site of the Fukushima nuclear power station. —JCL
The Japanese government has reported that trace amounts of radioactive iodine have been detected in tap water in Tokyo and five other areas, amid concerns about leaks from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power station.
The ministry says the amounts did not exceed government safety limits, but the announcement has added to safety fears among the Japanese people. Earlier in the day, Japan banned the sale of food products from near Fukushima after finding elevated radiation levels in spinach and milk from the area’s farms.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said: “Though radioactive iodine has a short half-life of about eight days and decays naturally within a matter of weeks, there is a short-term risk to human health if radioactive iodine in food is absorbed into the human body.”
AP / The Yomiuri Shimbun, Yasushi Kanno
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant before the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.