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Nuke fallout reaches Europe, but traces tiny
Published on 24 Mar. 2011 12:35 AM IST
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Experts say minuscule amounts of fallout from a damaged power plant in Japan have reached Iceland and are expected in France, but don't pose health risks.
Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex was hit March 11 by a huge earthquake and massive tsunami, causing it to release radiation, and sparking fears of widespread contamination.
Austria's Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics, citing data from the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, said Monday that "extremely diluted" radioactivity reached Iceland 72 hours ago.
France's nuclear safety body, meanwhile, said very weakly contaminated air is expected to reach France on Wednesday.
Both stressed the traces are tiny and don't pose any health risks.
Nuclear fears shut 25 embassies in Tokyo
The nuclear emergency following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has led 25 embassies to temporarily shut their doors in Tokyo, foreign minister Takeaki Matsumoto said on Wednesday.
Matsumoto provided the figure in an appearance before the lower house foreign affairs committee. Germany, Switzerland and Finland headed the list.
As of Tuesday, "eight of them had transferred their functions outside Tokyo or Japan", a foreign ministry spokesman said.
"The rest have had their staff stay home. They have been changing its working arrangement day by day," he said.
"At any rate, the ministry of foreign affairs keeps in touch with the embassies temporarily transferred or embassy staff staying home, providing accurate information to the entire diplomatic corps."

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