The government of South Korea said on Thursday that their waters are still safe from feared radiation contamination coming from Fukushima. Growing concern of the Korean public have even led to the banning of fishery products from the prefecture and its surrounding areas.
According to South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, “The result of an analysis of waters from six sea areas that was conducted jointly with the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission showed no traces of induced radioactive materials or only minuscule (maximum of 0.00172 becquerels per kilogram) traces.” The ministry also reminded that the level of radiation allowed in food is 100 becquerels per kilogram. “The test confirmed that marine products produced from our waters are safe from radiation.”
Beginning Monday, South Korea imposed banning of fish imports from the prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, and Aomori in the Tohoku Region. The ban is also extended to the prefectures of Tochigi, Ibaraki, and Chiba in the Kanto Region. The move may protect the local fishery market, but it also imposes an increase of fishery prices.
To assure the Koreans that the government remains watchful for any possible threat of radiation contamination, the ministry said that there will be an increase radiation checks on Korean waters near Japan. Four areas in South Korea will have a twice a month inspection from once every quarter. The South Korean government also said that it will take 10 years for the contaminated waters from Fukushima Daiichi to reach the country by that time. In addition, only 0.15 becquerels per cubic metre of water can make it to the South Korean waters. In natural environment, the level of radiation is only 2 becquerels per one cubic metre of water.