Northern Ireland

Radioactive traces from Japan reach Ireland

Devastated nuclear plant at Fukushima, Japan
Image caption The crisis at the Fukushima plant has become one of Japan's worst nuclear disasters

Radioactivity from the Japanese nuclear accident has been detected in Ireland, a radiological watchdog has said.

However, the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) said the trace amounts of radioactivity from the Fukushima plant were very low.

The RPII said the amount of radio-iodine found in Ireland did not have public health implications.

It said results from air samples taken in Dublin were consistent with levels in other European countries.

The body monitors large volumes of air to provide an early warning of any rise in radioactivity levels.

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