Radioactive iodine-131 has been found at slightly higher levels than normal in the air across some part of China. Officials said the slight increase poses no danger to health.
"I can assure you that the nuclide iodine-131 recently found in some parts of China is only 0.001 percent higher than normal," said Wang Minzheng, Vice Director of National Nuclear Emergency Committee. "This will not affect the environment and public health. So people do not need to take any protective measures and should work normally."
Sixteen nuclear accident emergency offices have been established in China since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the former Soviet Union in 1986. All centers have been monitoring radiation levels since the nuclear accident in Japan.
The Chinese Government said it's ready to provide radiation protection, emergency monitoring and medical help to Japan, if required.
(CNTV.cn April 1, 2011)