Radioactive particles from Japan reach the Netherlands

Radioactive particles from Japan reach the Netherlands

Miniscule amounts of radioactive particles believed to have come from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant have been detected as far away as the Netherlands.

The tiny traces of iodine — measured by a network of monitoring stations as they spread eastwards from Japan across the Pacific, North America and to the Atlantic — were far too low to cause any harm to humans, said a spokesperson from the National Institute for Health and Environment (RIVM).

“It’s only a matter of days before it disperses in the entire northern hemisphere,” RIVM, said.

RIVM warns against unnecessary panic: the amount of radioactivity is so small that it hardly can be measured. “Over Europe there would be no concern about human health.”

Japan continues to struggle to contain a nuclear meltdown following a massive 9.0-earthquake and tsunami on March 11. Citizens living nearby have been evacuated and this week officials in Japan measured high levels of radioactivity on vegetables and low-level radiation had been found in the tap water.

The radiation level in Unit 2 of the afflicted I Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan has risen dangerously high Sunday. All employees from the reactor building were evacuated after water that had accumulated in the turbine room, radioactivity was measured 10 million times as high as normal.

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