DOST: Philippines safe from possible Japan radiation meltdown

By on Mar 14, 2011 in Asia, Natural Disasters Comments

Manila, Philippines – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) assured the public that Philippines is safe from the possible radiation meltdown that may happen anytime in the nuclear plants in Japan.

As reported at ABS-CBN on Sunday night, DOST Secretary Mario Montejo said the country will not be affected by any nuclear meltdown that allegedly may occur in Japan anytime.

DOST, through their official website on Monday, March 14, also advised the public not to believe in hoax messages spreading on social sites such as Facebook, and in text messages.

“We have to distinguish that the plant in Japan is different from Chernobyl,” Mr. Montejo emphasized, noting that the one in Japan has a ‘containment unit’.

“Radiation may reach us but from our interaction with the international atomic agency, we are ascertain that the design of this reactor is a boiling water reactor.” DOST’s Philippine Nuclear Research Institute director Dr. Alum dela Rosa said, supporting Montejo’s statement.

The Chernobyl disaster occurred on April 26, 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, now Ukraine, and considered as the worst nuclear power plant accident ever.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) also announced that the country is under no threat of the current situation in Japan, particularly the possible nuclear power plant meltdown.

Earlier reports revealed that explosion occurred at the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima nuclear plant reactor No. 1 and later in No.3, where some people have been injured.

As of this writing, search and rescue operations are still going on in the affected parts of Japan including Sendai city and Fukushima Prefecture, apparently due to the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and lead to a 10-meter tsunami on Friday, March 11, 2011.

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