19 Mai 2017
May 17, 2017
Japan's Forestry Agency is checking for the possible spread of radioactive contamination following a forest fire near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
The fire started at the end of April and raged for almost 2 weeks. It destroyed 75 hectares in the area designated a no-go zone due to high radiation.
Officials and forest fire experts are inspecting the site looking for changes in radiation levels and the potential for landslides that could spread radioactive substances.
Fukushima Prefecture officials say they have not detected any major changes in radiation levels so far.
Inspections will continue for another day. The agency will publicize the results by the end of next month.