Japan radiation is found near Thame

Radiation from Fukushima disaster found in Chilton
Radiation from Fukushima disaster found in Chilton

LOW levels of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan have been found on the outskirts of Thame.

The radioactive iodine was detected in neighbouring Chilton, which is 5,500 miles away from where the disaster took place.

It was discovered by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), which revealed the ‘minutest levels’ of radioactive material had been in its air monitoring stations.

But the agency confirmed that the amounts were so small that there was no additional health risk.

Levels have been monitored over a nine-day period and peaked at 300 micro-becquerels per cubic metre but averaged out to just 11 micro-becquerels in that time frame.

The HPA said the dose from breathing in air was ‘minuscule and would be very much less than the annual background radiation dose’.

Similar amounts of radiation were also found in other areas of Europe and even the US.

Dr Michael Clark said: “These traces have been found in Switzerland, Germany, Iceland and in the US.

“They are trace levels but of course with radioactivity we can measure very low amounts.”

The radiation has come after four reactors at the nuclear plant were damaged following the devastating tsunami, which killed more than 10,000 people.

Thame-based firm Kubota flew their flags at half-mast in respect to those who lost their lives in the disaster.

It is now feared that the death toll may double, with thousands still missing.