South Korea to offer sea radiation level via website


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This photo, provided by the Department of Oceans and Fisheries on Sunday, shows a screenshot from the department’s website showing the radiation levels of local seas. (Department of Oceans and Fisheries)

South Korea’s Ocean Ministry said on Sunday that it plans to launch a new platform to provide the public with the latest information on the level of radiation in local seas amid growing safety concerns over the release expected water contaminated by Tokyo.

“We plan to minimize public concerns about the safety of our waters and seafood, and to strengthen monitoring of the level of radiation from the ocean,” the Department of Oceans and Fisheries said in a statement.

In April, the Japanese government announced that it would release radioactive water stored in tanks from the wreckage of the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea, possibly from 2023.

An estimated 1.25 million tonnes of this water is in temporary storage at the Fukushima nuclear power plant on the east coast of Japan, which was devastated by an earthquake-triggered tsunami in March 2011.

This decision came as all storage tanks at the Fukushima plant should be full by fall 2022.

Last week, South Korea’s parliament also passed a resolution condemning Japan’s plan, reflecting growing public concerns. (Yonhap)

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