Beijing: Fukushima nuclear Plant blast repercussions have reached China. Authorities here have stated that parts of country's south eastern coastal areas have begun experiencing "extremely low levels" of radioactive materials in the air emanating from the ruptured Japanese plant.

The Ministry of Health has ordered local administrations in 14 places including Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and some coastal provinces to test drinking water and food for radiation.

China's National Nuclear Emergency Coordination Committee said, “..the radiation of these levels will not affect public health or the environment.”

The committee said, “..no protective measures were needed against the materials, which were believed to have been dispersed by air from the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi
Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.”

The conclusion was based on the monitoring and analysis results from the Beijing-based Regional Specialized Meteorological Center affiliated with the World Meteorological Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the State Oceanic Administration and the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

Earlier, Chinese experts told that low levels of radioactive iodine-131 detected in the air of China's north eastern Heilongjiang Province over the weekend were no threat to public health.

To avoid contamination, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine has prohibited the importation of some Japanese foods, including dairy products, seafood and vegetables.

(Agencies)