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North Korean nuclear test has not affected China's environment

(People's Daily Online)    13:32, September 13, 2016

The nuclear test carried out by North Korea on Sept. 9 has not had a negative impact on China's environment or public health, according to the latest radiation monitoring report from China's northeastern borders, supervised by China's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP).

The MEP, together with the National Health and Family Planning Commission, the Ministry of Water Resources, China Earthquake Administration, China Meteorological Administration and related military departments have initiated Level-II emergency response procedures following the nuclear test. At 9 a.m. on Sept. 12, the air absorption dose rates captured by 38 automatic monitoring stations near northeastern border areas, as well as three mobile monitoring vehicles in Heilongjiang, Liaoning and Shandong provinces, all fluctuated within a normal range.

The surface aerosol samples at 17 monitoring points, along with iodine samples and gamma-ray spectrums at 4 monitoring points, showed no abnormalities. In addition, no artificial radionuclides were detected during the aerial radiation monitoring carried out over Mentu and Huichun in Jilin province.

Based on existing data and the weather forecast for the coming week, the radioactive substances would have already entered China on Sept. 10 and 11 if a leakage of radioactive materials had occurred. Further surveys will nevertheless be conducted by unmanned aerial vehicles around the border between China and North Korea. The ministry will also continue analyzing radioactive fallout, atmosphere, soil and water; the latest data will be available on the ministry's website. 

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