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Date: 3 April 2014
Advice for Australians on exposure to radiation arising from the nuclear accident in Japan
Following the Great East-Japan, or Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011, a series of engineering design and equipment failures caused severe damage to four of the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). It is the largest nuclear accident since the Chernobyl accident of 1986.
- In most parts of Japan, including Tokyo, radiation levels are now within the normal range of background radiation. More detailed travel advice for Japan, including the location of any restricted areas, can be found on the smartraveller website.
- In Australia, ARPANSA has assessed that the impact on the health of people and the environment from the Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP accident is negligible.
- ARPANSA continues to monitor the situation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi site and will provide further advice if there is a significant change to the situation in Japan.
The following fact sheets provide information on issues relating to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant accident and the radiological effects of the accident on people and the environment.
- Understanding radiation health risks
- The Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident
- Radiation levels in Japan
- Ocean contamination
- Impact on Australia
- Overview of food monitoring in Australia
- World Health Organization assessments of radiation exposure
Links to Key Reports and Assessments
- ARPANSA Technical Report No. 162
Assessment of the impact on Australia from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant accident (October 2012)
- United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation
Annex A - Levels and effects of radiation exposure due to the nuclear accident after the 2011 great east-Japan earthquake and tsunami (April 2014)
- World Health Organization
Preliminary dose estimation from the nuclear accident after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (May 2012)
Health risk assessment from the nuclear accident after the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami, based on a preliminary dose estimation (February 2013)