Japan tests 10,000 people for radiation exposure in Fukushima Prefecture

16:56, March 17, 2011      

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Around 10,000 people who have visited health facilities and evacuation stations in Fukushima prefecture were tested for radiation exposure, local media reported Thursday, citing prefectural officials.

According to the reports, those tested included residents living around the quake-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant as well as people who have survived Friday's devastating quake and tsunami in the region and have been forced to evacuate to community shelters.

Following the radiation leak at the plant operated by the beleaguered Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), six people were treated for exposure to radiation, following tests conducted at 26 screening locations.

Authorities said that the people detected with radioactivity had their hands and faces washed and no one had to undergo a full- body scrub down.

Source: Xinhua

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