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Radiation checks offered to travellers from Japan

The Local · 24 Mar 2011, 14:24

Published: 24 Mar 2011 14:24 GMT+01:00

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In the wake of the partial meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant following a devastating earthquake and tsunami nearly two weeks ago, authorities were offering the tests to anyone who feared they might have suffered exposure to radiation, BfS president Wolfram König said in Berlin.

“We have various testing equipment available and are offering this for precautionary checks,” he said.

They had not yet detected any alarming levels of radiation among people travelling back from Japan, König said. However, raised levels could not be ruled out for people who had been to certain areas.

It was understandable “that many people want to see for themselves what radiation level they were exposed to in the region.”

Some 94 people had so far been checked, he said. In about one third of cases, a negligible exposure to radioactive particles had been detected. These had no effect on their health.

Three Japanese workers at the Fukushima plant were injured Thursday as authorities continued their battle to secure the facility. However tap water radiation had returned to safe levels for infants in Tokyo, officials announced.

People returning from Japan posed no danger to the rest of the public in Germany, the BfS stressed. Radioactivity absorbed into a person’s body did not affect other people such as family members. Exterior contamination could be vanquished by changing clothes and showering.

The BfS has set up testing stations at its premises in Berlin and Munich and through its state partners in Bavaria, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt.

There are about 20 stations around the country. The list of locations is available at www.bfs.de.

Also on Thursday leading German airline Lufthansa said it resumed indirect flights to Tokyo, after initially planning to halt its services to the Japanese capital until next Monday.

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The carrier had begun redirecting flights to Nagoya and Osaka on March 15 owing to the threat of radiation.

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Your comments about this article

18:14 March 24, 2011 by Gretl
nekkid fat men photo. Why do guys get pictures of nice looking women and we get this?
18:57 March 24, 2011 by xx.weirich.xx
lol good point, Gretl.

Maybe it's because men won't read an article unless there is a pretty woman on it, and woman don't feel the need to judge. Advertising, maybe?

Had they put an undressed woman on this article, there would have been tons of comments on this article...
01:26 March 25, 2011 by Aasvogel
"Some 94 people had so far been checked, he said. In about one third of cases, a negligible exposure to radioactive particles had been detected. These had no effect on their health."

Hmm. What about the other two-thirds?
09:47 March 25, 2011 by freechoice
is this radiation contagious???

what happens if we let those people who are contaminated go around Germany?
11:12 March 25, 2011 by Zobirdie
Wow... nothing like logging into the morning news at the Local and seeing some Manbutt. That is a rather unexciting specimen... its not even glowing a 'simpsonesque' green to simulate radiation. I am highly disappointed.

Next time, can we see some hot manbutt? :D Maybe some manbutt from the Mannschaft!
11:34 March 25, 2011 by Angry Ami
Check those glowing balls :-P
12:33 March 25, 2011 by auniquecorn
09:47 March 25, 2011 by freechoice

is this radiation contagious???

what happens if we let those people who are contaminated go around Germany?

The gov´t will raise the tax on the purchase of bananas from antartica.
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