Update – Will the nuclear radiation from Japan hit the Philippines? Here’s the answer to people’s fear and confusion. Hope the Filipino authorities are correct on their assumption.
I don’t really trust the statement that the possibility is “very remote.” To say that a nuclear radiation that may hit the Philippines is remote does not mean it is impossible. It can still happen. The nuclear radiation leaked can travel fast through air. Japan and the Philippines are very near each other. People in Batanes, Cagayan, Aparri, and northern Luzon would better stay inside their houses to avoid exposure of nuclear radiation leaked from Japan. Here’s the additional news from PDI which remains unclear and unverified. It is not based on scientific studies. It is just an opinion from a weather forecaster.
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By Kristine L. Alave
Philippine Daily Inquirer
The possibility that a radioactive cloud from Japan will form and drift toward the Philippines is “very remote” as current weather systems show that the country is out of its probable path, the chief government physicist and weather forecaster said Sunday.
Alumanda de la Rosa, head of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), said there was no danger that a radioactive cloud from Japan would drift to the Philippines.
Wind systems indicated that a radioactive cloud, should one form, would move east from Japan to the Pacific Ocean.
“There is no threat to the Philippines. Should there be any clouds, it will be moving east from Japan, away from us,” De la Rosa said.
She said the PNRI had been communicating with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Meteorological Organization about the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.