Korean waters are safe from radioactive leaks from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, the government confirmed Thursday.
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said analysis of samples from six sea areas south of Jeju near Japan conducted last month with the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission showed no traces of radioactive materials.
Seawater analysis showed no or only minuscule traces of a maximum of 0.00172 becquerels per kg of cesium, well within the naturally occurring cesium concentration range of 0-0.00404 becquerels per kg between 2006 and 2010.
Checks by the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute of 10 coastal fish species and eight species in the exclusive economic zone such as squid and yellow corvina showed no radioactivity either.
Experts point out that since the currents flow the other way there is no chance of any contaminated water from Fukushima reaching Korea.
Kim Young-ho of the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology speculated, "Part of the Fukushima seawater which has flown into the Pacific will eventually reach Korean coastal waters in five to 10 years, but by then it will be so diluted as to pose no danger."