China Ends Emergency Response as no Radiation Detected after N. Korea's Latest Nuclear Test
Zhang Ke
/SOURCE : Yicai
China Ends Emergency Response as no Radiation Detected after N. Korea's Latest Nuclear Test

(Yicai Global) Sept. 11 -- China's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) and National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) have been continuously monitoring radiation levels in North Korea and surrounding areas for eight days, and all the results have been normal. Therefore, China yesterday decided to end the emergency response to the sixth nuclear test conducted by North Korea on Sept. 3, said an official statement.

The MEP and the NNSA activated second level emergency response 16 minutes after the nuclear test was carried out. Working together with other related departments, they coordinated emergency operations between Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning and Shandong provinces, and started radiation and environmental monitoring and sampling and technical testing of artificial radionuclides by mobilizing support from local governments in Beijing and Inner Mongolia.

No signs of radiation have been detected through continuous monitoring in the last eight days, the MEP said. The ministry and the NNSA have concluded that the nuclear test had not affected China's environment, and conditions for terminating the emergency response measures had been fulfilled. The measures were ended at 6.00 p.m. yesterday.

A total of more than 7,700 data packages had been collected by automatic real-time monitoring stations, monitoring vehicles and airborne monitoring systems and through sample-based tests in the northeastern borders and nearby regions as of 6.00 p.m. on Sept. 10. All results obtained are within the normal range.

After the termination of the emergency measures, routine automatic radiation monitoring, early warning procedures and sample analysis will be implemented in key areas, and the authorities will continue to publish results of real-time air absorbed dose rate monitoring at the borders and surrounding regions.

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Keywords: Korea , Nuclear Test , Safety , Ministry of Environmental Protection , National Nuclear Safety Administration