By dfait.maeci: Canada's response to the earthquake in Japan | Réponse du Canada au séisme au Japon

By dfait.maeci: Canada's response to the earthquake in Japan | Réponse du Canada au séisme au Japon

This morning, I just received more up-to-date info about the radiation levels in Japan and the extent of  impact on food and people in other countries.

Here is a brief summary of this info.

  • “Potassium iodide (KI) is only needed when there is a large amount of radioactive iodine in the environment.
  • At this time, the Government of Canada does not advise using the medication (KI).
  • KI will be available from local health authorities in Japan if the need arises.
  • Information currently available indicates that there is no significant risk from radioactive contamination in the Japanese food supply.
  • No agricultural products are being shipped from the affected areas near Fukushima.
  • As an extra precaution, Canadians in Japan are encouraged, for the time being, to be diligent in choosing foods produced and manufactured in other regions less impacted by the current disaster.
  • Reuters reported about 2 hours ago that according to Japan’s deputy chief cabinet secretary, Fukushima reactors are showing some improvement but the situation remains uncertain.
  • Reuters reported that the health ministry of Japan “also said in a statement that radiation levels exceeded safety standards in Fukushima and nearby Ibaraki prefecture. It said it had prohibited the sale of raw milk from Fukushima prefecture.”
  • AFP reported that “authorities in Taiwan checking food imports for radiation on Sunday found a shipment of fava beans from southern Japan had been very slightly contaminated. It is the first report of contaminated food being found outside Japan since the crisis at a nuclear power plant. The beans will be destroyed.”

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Radiation Alert for Canadians in Japan: Canada's Advices and Responses

Here are the responses of Canada for Canadians in Japan:

  • Canada has chartered two buses to transport Canadians and other foreign nationals out of the areas affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
  • The Emergency Operations Centre in Ottawa has been contacting Canadians in the affected areas who registered with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to advise them of the availability of bus transportation.
  • Canadians interested in boarding one of the available buses who have not been contacted should call the Embassy of Canada in Tokyo at 81-3-5412-6200 or the Emergency Operations Centre in Ottawa at 613-944-2471 or 613-943-1055.

Here are crucial advices for Canadians in Japan:

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