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IAEA Board Discusses Fukushima Nuclear Accident

IAEA Board of Governors

IAEA Board of Governors. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

A special meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors convened on 21 March 2011 to discuss the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano's report on his visit to Japan from 17 to 19 March 2011, related to the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

At a midday press conference during the Board's meeting, Director General Amano stressed that the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant remained very serious. He went on to say that the IAEA's radiation monitoring team, which has been measuring radiation levels in Japan since Saturday, 19 March 2011, took readings as close as 16 km away from the nuclear facility and found high levels of radioactivity.

Official Japanese measurements showed radioactivity in drinking water, food and milk at a number of locations in excess of accepted regulatory limits.

» IAEA Director General's Statement to the Board of Governors, 21 March 2011
» Press Statement by the Chairman of the Board of Governors, 21 March 2011

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-- By Peter Kaiser, IAEA Division of Public Information


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