17 March 2011 Australian health authorities continue to update on Japan radiation

The situation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan is serious, uncertain and very worrying.

Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jim Bishop, has reassured any Australians outside the area immediately surrounding the power plant about the implications of local emissions of radioactive material from the Fukushima power plant.

On ABC Radio National 'Breakfast' this morning, Professor Bishop said "the level of radiation outside the area immediately around the Fukushima reactor is very very low and it’s within the normal range that is quite safe for human health".


Australia's national radiation regulator, ARPANSA, continually updates its advice concerning what it has described as the "very low to negligible" health implications of radiation levels in the area beyond the immediate area of the Fukushima reactors.