Traces of Radioactive Materials Detected in Korea

      March 29, 2011 09:30

      Radioactive iodine and cesium were detected in Seoul and seven other locations in Korea on Monday, shortly after xenon was picked up by sensors in Gangwon Province in the eastern part of the country. But the amounts were apparently minute at less than thousandths of the acceptable level.

      According to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, eight out of 12 radiation detection stations across the country including the one at Seoul’s Hanyang University detected radioactive iodine and one cesium. Both elements are products of nuclear fission.

      The Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety is running tests to determine whether the radioactive elements came from the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, or were blown in from China and were the product of past nuclear tests.

      "The amounts detected are extremely small, and it will take about 24 hours to determine whether they came from the Fukushima nuclear accident site," a ministry spokesman said. The test results are due to be announced Tuesday morning.

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