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Sri Lanka air is so far free from radiation

Mar 22, 2011 5:22:44 AM - itnnews.lk

Tests conducted in air samples in Sri Lanka have not yet indicated any radioactivity, showing that the radiation leaked from Japan’s Fukushima power plant has not flown to Sri Lanka via wind.

Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Authority along with the Physics Department of the Peradeniya University conducted the tests for radioactivity in Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee and Jaffna cities.

A team of experts of the Peradeniya University are testing air of Sri Lanka on a daily basis to ascertain if radioactive particles have entered the atmosphere over Sri Lanka. The researchers say it will take few weeks for wind to bring radioactive particles from Japan to Sri Lanka.

Dangerous levels of radiation leaked from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant along Japan’s northeastern coast crippled by the magnitude 8.9 earthquake and the ensued 23-foot tsunami.