The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government continues to closely monitor the Fukushima nuclear incident. Various departments are keeping track of radiation levels in Hong Kong's air and fresh water, and in food and imported products from Japan, round the clock. The latest monitoring results for the 24 hours until noon today (April 15) from the relevant departments are as follows:
Radiation level in Hong Kong
According to the Hong Kong Observatory, the radiation level in Hong Kong remained normal during the past 24 hours.
A very minute amount of artificial radionuclide Iodine-131 was detected from air samples collected at King's Park and Yuen Ng Fan from noon on April 13 to noon on April 14. As the concentration of this artificial radionuclide is very low, it will not affect public health and no precautionary measures are required.
The Water Supplies Department continues to monitor the radioactivity level of Dongjiang water supplied to Hong Kong, raw water from impounding reservoirs and fresh water. In the past 24 hours, the monitoring results showed no observable change in the radioactivity level of all samples. The radiological quality of fresh water remains normal and safe.
Sea and air cargo
Hong Kong Customs continues to select cargoes imported from Japan for inspection, including pharmaceutical products, cosmetics and personal hygiene products. In the past 24 hours, Customs has checked 8,756 air consignments and 90 sea containers, including six consignments of pharmaceutical products and 22 consignments of cosmetics. No irregularities have been detected so far.
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department continues to collect samples from local fish culture zones and fish wholesale markets under the Fish Marketing Organisation for radiological testing on a daily basis. In the past 24 hours, results of all collected samples were satisfactory.
The Centre for Food Safety of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has examined 66 food samples imported from Japan including 27 samples by air and 39 samples by sea in the past 24 hours. Samples included aquatic products, vegetables, fruit, meat, milk, milk powder, drinks and others. All examined samples were satisfactory.
Assistance to Hong Kong residents
The Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit of the Immigration Department (ImmD) has not received any new request for assistance during the past 24 hours. There are still two persons believed to be in Japan who cannot be contacted. The ImmD will continue to follow up.
For more relevant statistics and information, please visit "Japan Earthquake - Information for Residents" at the GovHK website, www.gov.hk.
Ends/Friday, April 15, 2011
Issued at HKT 18:02