Japanese nuclear scare stories are baseless: envoy

The Japanese consul general in Hong Kong yesterday rejected claims that some tourists had fallen sick or had miscarriages in the wake of Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.

Saturday, 19 November, 2011, 12:00am

Shenzhen X-ray scanners in subway radiation scare

Nearly 300 X-ray luggage scanners installed at Shenzhen underground stations in June have violated the mainland's radiation regulations and could increase cancer risks for children and pregnant women sensitive to radiation, local media reported yesterday.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Plugging into alternative power

After the March 11 earthquake in Japan that damaged and caused a radiation leak at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Koo Wai-muk - a campaigner for Greenpeace - was suddenly beset by questions concerning the environmental impact of the disaster.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Taiwan may ban mobiles in school

Taiwan may ban the use of mobile phones in schools by students under the age of 15 amid concerns over potential cancer risks.

The island's Education Ministry will hold a public hearing later this month to study whether to impose such a ban, which could affect more than 2.5 million school children, ministry officials said yesterday.

9 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Experts warn of risk from 2,000 missing radioactive sources

While many are panicking over the risk of radioactivity from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power station spreading to China, mainland experts have warned that at least 2,000 missing civilian radioactive sources pose a more direct threat to public health.

16 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Radiation dust negligible, says Observatory

7 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Observatory says radioactive dust levels safe

The Hong Kong Observatory detected radioactive dust from Fukushima in Hong Kong, but levels had been extremely low, it said yesterday.

The observatory rejected suggestions it had delayed releasing the results, saying it needed time to verify the samples collected four days ago before making the data public.

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Two Japanese tourists treated for high levels of radiation

Two Japanese tourists were treated at a Jiangsu hospital after airport checks found they showed severe levels of radiation on arrival from Tokyo, the mainland's safety watchdog said yesterday.

26 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Salt panic showed HK's ugly side

Many Hongkongers bought salt in a panic because someone claimed eating it could protect us from radiation. What a ridiculous thing to happen in a developed city! It shows there are deep-rooted social problems the government needs to tackle.

24 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Rumours trigger panic buying of salt across mainland, HK

Fears over Japan's continuing nuclear crisis fuelled a salt-buying frenzy across China as shoppers raced to stock up on the basis of wild rumours and speculation.

18 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Report of Daya Bay nuclear leak dismissed by CLP and government

The government and CLP Power have dismissed a report by Radio Free Asia claiming the Daya Bay nuclear plant in Shenzhen had suffered a major leak that was threatening public safety.

15 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Media freedom the best guarantor of public safety

The stream of preventable accidents on the mainland has many causes, but the government's tight control of the media is a major factor. If journalists are allowed to do their jobs properly, threats and dangers will be revealed more readily. Timely alerts could be given, regularly updated information issued and prompt efforts made to ensure safety.

17 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

48 days needed to fix radioactive mishap

Scientists and government safety experts spent 48 days handling an accident involving a highly dangerous radioactive substance near a densely populated area of Guangzhou's Panyu district.

16 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Villagers head home after nuclear scare sparks mass exodus

Tens of thousands of residents were returning to their villages and towns in Qixian county, Henan province, at the weekend after fleeing their homes over rumours of a nuclear disaster.

The villagers began returning to their homes after local authorities convinced them that it was safe and announced that rumour-mongers had been detained.

20 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Radiation fears over new radar device at government office

A radar device to be installed on the roof of the North Point Government Offices may pose a health threat because of radiation, say surveyors working in the tower.

The device, to be erected by the Civil Engineering and Development Department, is to help the Marine Department monitor sea conditions.

8 Jan 2009 - 12:00am