Radiation background in Azerbaijan is two times less than norm
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 18 /Trend, M.Aliyev/
Radiation background in Azerbaijan is two times less than norm, the Director of the Radiation Problems Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan (ANAS), Adil Garibov, told Trend on Friday.
The radiation threat from Japan to Azerbaijan does not represent any danger. Currently, the radiation background in Azerbaijan varies from 6.5-8 micro-roentgen per hour. This is two tomes below than the norm," said Garibov.
He said there are six permanent monitoring stations over the radiation background in the territory of Azerbaijan. Latest figures from each of the stations do not indicate any change.
Goods imported from Japan to Azerbaijan will be scanned at the border crossings, said Garibov.
"Usually, Japan exports to Azerbaijan technical equipment, which can be verified at border crossings through monitoring devices. These devices have been installed at all entry points," he said.
On March 11, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9 hit Japan's north-east coast. The quake's epicentre is thought to have been 20 km below the ocean off Miyagi prefecture. It shook buildings in the capital Tokyo, some 300 km away. The quake unleashed a 4-meter tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland. Officials think death toll will exceed 10,000 in Japan. Meanwhile, radiation spread from the four stricken reactors of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant along Japan's northeastern coast.