Government says threat of radiation fallout from Japan to RP is nil

GOVERNMENT disaster agencies on Sunday, March 13, allayed fears of radiation fallout from Japan where one of its numerous nuclear power plants is on the verge of meltdown because of the damage on its water cooling system.

Secretary Mario Montejo of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said that a meltdown in Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant is highly remote and the threat of radiation fallout in the country is very nil.

“There is no immediate danger to the Philippines,” Montejo said in a press briefing by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC).

Foreign news reports said that Japanese officials are warning of a possible second explosion at the said nuclear power plant where workers continue to cool down fuel rods of its two nuclear reactors.

“There is a possibility that the third reactor may have hydrogen gas that is accumulating in the reactor, which may potentially cause an explosion,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edane said in news reports by CNN.

Still, a meltdown is highly unlikely.

“There’s a very, very remote chance. A meltdown should have happened at the start. We’re now on the third day so the chance of it happening is very, very remote,” Montejo said.

In the same press briefing, the head of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), Director Alumanda Dela Rosa echoed Montejo’s sentiment saying that the risk of a radiation leak was only confined to the power plant. Anthony Vargas

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