Indonesia undertakes nuclear radiation check on evacuees from tsunami-hit Japan

10:25, March 16, 2011      

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Indonesian airport attendants conducted nuclear radiation check on passengers boarding flights that transporting first Indonesian families returning Tuesday from Japan, amid rising fears of nuclear contamination following the strong earthquake and tsunami.

The initial batch of Indonesian first evacuees from Japan, transported by Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, includes 99 people. Those people were Indonesian citizens working and studying in Japan when a 9.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Japan on Friday.

"All passengers had to undertake nuclear radiation check. It did not take too long time," Bambang Wibawanto, one of the evacuees said, referring to the procedure all passengers had gone through before leaving the plane.

Garuda Indonesia Spokesperson Pujobroto said that all flights evacuating Indonesians staying in disaster-hit Japan are financed by the government.

"There will be more flights carrying more Indonesian evacuees from Japan. We are appointed to carry out the job," he said.

Source: Xinhua

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