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Radiation Effects in the Philippines from Japan's Nuclear Powerplant

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Many Filipinos are following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Powerplant situation and there have been numerous text messages saying that people in the Philippines should avoid the rain and stay indoors. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) chief Mario Montejo cleared this issue and said that the level of radiation in the Philippines is still normal and that the chances of the radiation hitting the
Philippines is very remote. But even if the possibility is very remote, the DOST is still closely monitoring the situation with
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). 


The country's weather bureau further eases fears and said that the radiation will be carried away by the northeast monsoon (amihan) away from the country.

Should the radiation reach the Philippines, the law states that we can avail assistance from IAEA and the other states. You can follow the latest updates on the situation in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Powerplant on BBC's website   


Update: ABS-CBN news network said that the text messages regarding the radiation from Japan's nuclear powerplant will reach the Philippines is a hoax. Some text even stated that the announcement was from BBC. BBC did not issue any announcements regarding the radiation hitting the Philippines. People should rely on TV and radio only and avoid forwarding such malicious messages.


Source: www.philstar.com ; www.bbc.co.uk
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