Japanese nuclear event has no immediate implications for Ireland according to RPII

Date released: Mar 12 2011

The potential for the explosion at the nuclear power plant in north eastern Japan this morning to have implications in Ireland is remote.

The Radiological Institute of Ireland (RPII) has confirmed that the potential for the explosion at the nuclear power plant in north eastern Japan this morning to have implications in Ireland is remote. 

The RPII confirmed this following a meeting of Government departments and agencies that was convened to review the available information and assess the consequences for Ireland. 

Earlier today the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna confirmed that an explosion had occurred at Unit 1 on the Fukushima Dai-ichi Site following yesterday’s earthquake and tsunami. 

Dr Ann McGarry, the RPII Chief Executive said today “The distance between Ireland and Japan means that in the highly unlikely event of contamination reaching Ireland, the levels would be insignificant. We are monitoring developments through official channels and will provide an updated assessment, as appropriate” 

Note to Editor 

  • The International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna keeps national authorities informed of nuclear incidents and emergencies under the Emergency Notification Convention.
  • A meeting of Government Departments and agencies took place this morning and included officials from the RPII, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Department of Foreign Affairs, The Office of Emergency Planning and Met Éireann. 
  • Japan has 55 nuclear reactors located at 17 sites. The earthquake and tsunami hit the northeast of Japan (prefecture of Fukushima) on the 11th March 2011. There are 10 reactors in the immediate vicinity, the 6 reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi site and the 4 reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ini site.   

For further information contact: Ms Aoibheann O'Sullivan at 087 6291453