Concerns about radiation leaks from Japan’s nuclear plant, which was damaged in the recent earthquake and tsunami, might be “diverting attention from potentially worse threats to public health … like the cold and disrupted supplies of water,” Reuters reports.
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Japanese officials plan to measure radiation levels in the ocean beyond the country’s borders on Tuesday and Wednesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency said, CNN reports.
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Zimbabwe Government Tries To Address Severe Food Shortages In Some Provinces “Six of Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces face severe food shortages, and the government has ordered the country’s grain marketing board (GMB) to send grain to the affected areas, a state daily [the Herald] said Monday,” Agence France-Presse reports. “A government…
“Across large parts of Japan stricken a week ago by a quake and tsunami, aid isn’t getting through. Blizzards, impassible roads, worries over radiation exposure, fuel shortages and other logistical problems have stalled aid from getting to those who need it, even as officials have boosted the amount of food and other goods available to some easier-to-reach communities,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
Situation In Japan ‘Demands Calm, But Considered’ International Response: In light of the recent disaster in Japan and ongoing concerns over radiation in the country,”WHO might consider convening experts to review the consequences for human safety of nuclear energy, and the wider lessons to be learned from recent earthquakes,” a…
Countries worldwide on Thursday banned or limited food imports from Japan, as radioactive steam continued to leak from the Fukushima nuclear plant damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Agence France-Presse reports.
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According to a report published in the Lancet (.pdf) on Tuesday, Japan’s medical and aid response to the earthquake and tsunami is being challenged by “the sheer scale of the devastation, widespread damage to supply routes and concerns about radiation leaks from a stricken nuclear power plant” (McCurry, 3/22).
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U.N. Secretary-General Calls For Countries To Assess Global Nuclear Safety In Light Of Japan Reactor Crisis
In light of the situation in Japan “where an earthquake and tsunami crippled an aging atomic power station,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said international nuclear safety standards should be reassessed, Reuters reports.