Radiation tests on Sri Lankans returned from Japan negative

Apr 02, Colombo: Radiation tests conducted on over 200 people returned to Sri Lanka from Japan following the earthquake and tsunami disaster found to be negative, the authorities have said.

Chairman of the National Atomic Energy Authority (NAEA) Professor Wimaladarma Abeywickrama has told the National News Agency Lankapuvath that the tests conducted were negative.

The NAEA earlier opened a special unit round the clock for the returnees to get tested for radiation exposure but now has curtailed the hours since not many people have visited the facility during night hours.

From Monday (04) the unit will be opened to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Although the Authority has tested water samples from several areas and found no radiation exposure, the NAEA has said that it will continue the second round of tests on water and soil as the situation in Japan is still not stabilized.

The magnitude-8.9 earthquake and resulting 23-foot tsunami on March 11 crippled Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant raising the risk of uncontrolled radiation leak.

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