Iran to send 2nd aid shipment to Japan
Head of Iran's Rescue and Relief Organization Mahmoud Mozaffar says the Islamic Republic will send its second shipment of humanitarian aid to earthquake-hit Japan, reported Press TV on Wednesday.
The humanitarian aid shipment consists of 8 tons of various kinds of items, including foods, and first aid material, and will be sent via air to the Japanese capital of Tokyo today, IRNA quoted Mozaffar as saying Wednesday.
Iran's first shipment of humanitarian aid for Japan's disaster-hit areas including 50,000 cans of food arrived in Tokyo on March 24.
On March 25, Japan released a statement of gratitude to thank the Islamic Republic of Iran for sending the humanitarian aid.
A 9.0-magnitude earthquake off the northeast coast of Japan's main island on March 11, unleashed a 23-foot (7-meter) tsunami and was followed by more than 50 aftershocks for hours.
Japan has announced that nearly 28,000 people have died or are feared dead as a result of the disastrous quake and tsunami.
The earthquake also caused a nuclear crisis after disabling a generator supplying power to Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant's cooling system, and causing hazardous radiation due to overheating.
In Britain, traces of radioactive iodine have been detected but officials claim they pose no threat to the public or environment.
Russia's Far East air seems to be a victim of radioactivity too.
Low levels of nuclear contamination have also been found in other parts of Europe, the US, Canada, South Korea and the Philippines.