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Japanese nuke plant radiation spotted in UK

Radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant has been detected in the UK.

Low levels of radioactive Iodine 131 have been measured in air samples 6,000 miles away from the battered nuclear plant in Oxfordshire and Glasgow although public health officials say there's no need to head for the fallout shelter just yet.

In fact, the government boffins reckon the only reason we can measure the tiny levels of radiation is because our equipment is so sophisticated. Levels of radiation have been described as 'minuscule' and they present 'no public health risk in the UK'.

According to the BBC, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency picked up the information from an air sampler in Glasgow and confirmed reports from similar facilities in Oxfordshire as well as farther afield in Iceland and Switzerland.

The Health Protection Agency said in a statement, "The dose received from inhaling air with these measured levels of iodine 131 is minuscule and would be very much less than the annual background radiation dose.

"The detection of these trace levels reflects the sensitivity of the monitoring equipment."

There's a chance that the levels of radiation could rise in the coming weeks but the authorities are insisting that they will stay below any level that could cause harm.

According to Greenpeace’s chief scientist, Dr. Doug Parr, "A recent study by McKinsey and Imperial College showed that it’s completely possible for more than 80 per cent of Europe’s power to come from clean, renewables sources. It simply isn’t necessary to take on the risks inherent with using plutonium. If ministers choose to meet our energy needs through efficiency and renewable resources, it would spark a clean tech jobs boom which would help boost our economy and protect our environment."