– China’s State Oceanic Administration: Wider Ocean Contamination Than Japanese Government Has Admitted (EX-SKF, August 15, 2011)
– Radioactive materials from Japan found in China’s waters (Xinhua, August 15, 2011):
China’s State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said last Friday (Aug 12) that waters in China have been affected by the radioactive materials leaked from the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima.
Last month, the SOA said in a statement that the level of cesium-137 in samples collected from western Pacific waters is 300 times the usual level, and strontium-90 10 times .
The statement said that the administration has sent professional personnel to the western Pacific and the southeast of Japan’s Fukushima waters to monitor the impact of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, as well as to China’s territorial waters.
During the 18-day voyage, Chinese professional personnel monitored waters of 25.2 square kilometers, and the monitoring team collected air, water and biological samples from the spot areas.
In the latest statement for media last Friday, SOA said that areas polluted by Fukushima plant are larger than what the Japanese had claimed and waters in China could be polluted as well.
The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan was crippled by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami on March 11.