Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you would have heard about the unprecedented nuclear crisis going on in Japan right now. Radiation spreading from damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plants is very high, and there are signs that it has already reached Tokyo.
But don’t start packing your bags just yet, because Shanghai authorities have got it all under control, as they always do!
For starters, the Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau has announced that it will immediately begin radiation tests on all food coming in from Japan. They claim that no food had come from Japan to Shanghai since the quake, so whatever you find in your local supermarket shelves are safe. (Now if only they’d test locally-produced food as vigorously, but let’s save this discussion for another day!)
Meanwhile, the China Meteorological Administration, Shanghai Meterological Administration and State Oceanic Administration are now all on high alert, monitoring for our safety 24/7. Thanks to current wind conditions, they tell us the radiation is likely to be contained within eastern Japan and be blown out over the Pacific Ocean:
Fu Yi, a chief service officer with the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said: “Winds are going from here to Japan and the trend of the nuclear pollutants is towards the northeast. The city should not be affected.”
Fu said the bureau would continue to monitor the direction of the wind and ocean currents to assess any potential impact on the city.
Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau said yesterday that the Ministry of Environmental Protection had put its national emergency reaction system into operation to monitor the nuclear leak issue and the city had launched 24-hour air and water radiation monitoring.
Results of the four rounds of tests completed between 9am and 3pm yesterday had shown no abnormal levels of radiation in the local environment.