Radiation Detected in Japanese Visitors

      March 18, 2011 12:39

      Radiation levels above the permitted amount of 1μSv/h were detected in Japanese passengers who arrived at Incheon International Airport from Fukushima, the site of the troubled nuclear power plant, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said Thursday.

      According to the ministry, four Japanese visitors who arrived at Incheon on an Asiana flight from Fukushima at 4:30 p.m., set off the alarm while passing through the radiation gate. An examination showed that three of them had less than 1.0 μSv/h of radiation. One had 2.1 μSv/h of radiation all over his body, but when he took off his clothes the figure went down to the normal range and the authorities let them go.

      In the case of radiation levels between 1.0 and 100 μSv/h, disrobing and washing is enough, the ministry said.

      The ministry operates two radiation detectors at Incheon and Gimpo international airports since Thursday for passengers coming from Japan. Following up on Thursday's result, the ministry said it will operate others at Gimhae airport and Busan Port from Friday.

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