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Philippines allays public fears on nuclear leakage threat from quake-hit Japan

03-15-2011 20:41 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

MANILA, March 15 (Xinhua) -- The Philippines is prepared for a "nuclear emergency" in the event of a meltdown in an earthquake- crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan, senior government officials assured Tuesday.

However, in a press briefing in the Malacanang presidential palace, Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo and Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) Director Alumanda de la Rosa stressed that it is "highly unlikely" that radio activity deposition will reach the Philippines because wind projection is heading east of Japan towards the Pacific and is definitely going thousands of kilometers away from the Philippine territorial seas.

Nevertheless, Montejo said "we are prepared for any eventuality. "

De la Rosa said the Philippines National Radiology Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (RAD) is in place since 2000, and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council(NDRRMC) and the PNRI "can put into action."

The emergency plan establishes an organized emergency response capability for timely coordinated action of the Philippine authorities for radiological incidents or emergencies.

In the briefing, the three officials said authorities will issue regular updates on the situation in the Japanese nuclear plants.


Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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