Minimal risk of a radioactive plume over Singapore

Singapore's Government has been closely monitoring the developing situation at Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Station and assessing its possible impact on Singapore.

The public is urged not to be unduly alarmed, says a statement from the Singapore government.

Singapore's National Environment Agency (NEA) is in contact with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other overseas experts to obtain the latest information available.

The IAEA currently categorises the nuclear incident at Fukushima as a Level 4 accident, this means that it is an "accident with local consequences".

Although the current situation remains serious in Japan, the incident site is more than 5,000 km away.

Daily modelling studies are being conducted by NEA. Its simulations and those carried out by the World Meteorological Organization-designated Regional Specialised Meteorological Centres for Environmental Emergency Response in Tokyo and Melbourne have shown that at such a distance, there is minimal risk of Singapore being affected by the radiological plume.

The public is advised therefore not to be unduly alarmed about exposure to radiation in Singapore arising from the Fukushima accident.

The NEA has nevertheless also been tracking the impact on Singapore’s radiation levels through its radiation monitoring stations.

No abnormal changes in Singapore's radiation levels have been detected so far.

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) is working closely with its counterparts in Japan and continues to keep a close watch on food imports from Japan. The AVA has also increased its surveillance of food imports from Japan to ensure that they are safe for consumption.

Singaporeans are also advised to avoid unnecessary travel to Japan, and at the moment, there is no need for aircraft and passenger screening.