In a latest edition BBC says “there is a new blast at Fukushima nuclear plant” And in addition an experts on BBC says, “A disaster on the scale of Chernobyl in the 1980s is highly unlikely because the reactors are built to a much higher standard and have much more rigorous safety measures.”
NOT TRUE !
“BBC FLASH NEWS : Japan government confirms radiation leak at Fukushima nuclear plants”
But here is the latest story that hit an Internet after the damaging earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan on last Friday. Hoax called, “BBC FLASHNEWS : Japan government confirms radiation leak at Fukushima nuclear plants” is doing the round in an internet. The news spread out about the potential meltdown of Japan’s nuclear reactor in Fukushima due to the strong earthquake.
BBC just said, “Japan earthquake: New blast at Fukushima nuclear plant” but some spammers were exaggerating this news. And now hoax called “BBC FLASHNEWS” is doing the round in an internet.
People are posting this ‘fake news : BBC FLASHNEWS’ as their status on Facebook . Also this fake news is being circulated through text/SMS mainly around Philippines and in other Asian Country, saying that the radiation from the nuclear plant is out of control and will reach Philippines and other Asian countries today by 4pm and everybody is advised to stay indoors for their safety especially when it rains.
Circulated Message is like this:
“BBC flash news: Japan government confirms radiation leak at Fukushima nuclear plants. Asian countries should take necessary precautions. If rain comes, remain indoors first 24hours, close doors n windows, swab neck skin with beta-dine where thyroid area is, radiation hits thyroid first. Take extra precautions, radiation may hit Philippines starting 4pm today! PLEASE PASS IT”
But in reality there is no any such news published by BBC and other International Media.Rather its just a hoax that doing the round in an internet, specially on Facebook. Infact BBC wrote, “At Fukushima the explosions - caused by hydrogen and oxygen vented from the reactor - have damaged only the roof and walls erected around the containment vessels.” And the IAEA also says the effects are of a "local" nature.
Update: Now even BBC Officially says, ‘Radiation’ text Message is Fake. On their website BBC wrote, “The BBC has issued no such flash but it has caused particular panic in the Philippines”. (updated at 5:45 pm NST)
BBC says there is only low level of radiation. BBC reported, “The Japanese authorities say only low levels of radiation have been detected outside the plant. The International Atomic Energy Agency has described it as a level four event on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES), which is used for an accident "with local consequences". No abnormal levels of radiation have been detected in Russia.”
And also, everyday people are exposed to some amount of radiation. Here is the some example of radiations as suggested by BBC.
For example in Cornwall, in south-west England. And yet people live in Cornwall, and many others gladly visit the area. Similarly, every international air flight exposes passengers to higher than normal levels of radiation - and yet people still fly, and cabin crews spend large amounts of time exposed to this radiation. Patients in hospitals regularly undergo X-rays. Scientists dispute whether any level of exposure to radiation is entirely safe, but exposure to some level of radiation - whether at normal background levels or higher - is a fact of life.
According to BBC, “The Kyodo news agency reports that a radiation level of 1,557 microsieverts per hour was registered on Sunday. At this level, one hour's exposure is roughly equivalent to one chest X-ray. Later measurements included 750 microsieverts per hour at 0200 on Monday, and 20 microsieverts per hour at 1145. On a long-haul flight, passengers are exposed to about five microsieverts per hour. [Update:] However, after Tuesday's explosion, readings at the site rose again beyond safe limits - 400 millisieverts per hour and people living within 20 miles (32km) of the plant were told to stay indoors. Moving away from the source of radiation, measurements quickly tail off, and in Tokyo they were reported to have been higher than normal, but officials said there were no health dangers.”
So, we would like to suggest our reader, not to believe in so called ‘BBC FLASHNEWS’ which is widely spreading on Facebook.
Please STOP Spreading message called 'BBC FLASH NEWS'. It’s just an another hoax.Don't exaggerate the situation. It's NOT TRUE. 'Please pass it' type news doesn’t have any scientific background.
However The Wall Street Journal reported, “Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday that there is a high risk of elevated levels of radiation from a reactor at the Fukushima nuclear power plant where an explosion occurred earlier in the day, and urged people within 30 kilometers of the plant to stay indoors.”
At 8:00 am GMT (Japan local time 17:00 hrs) BBC World reported “now Radiation levels falling again”. According to BBC World, Cabinet Secretary says, “Radiation level is 700 times less than after blast” but Japanese Officials have urged those living within 30km of the plant to stay indoors.
Beyond exclusion zones 'we do not think significant danger to health at this juncture': spokesman for Japanese PM on #Fukushima nuclear leak. ~ BBC (New Update)
For more details on Nuclear Plant Explosion and to know How great a danger do these problems pose for people in Japan and further afield? Visit BBC : Meltdown alert at Japan reactor
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