China province detects radiation from Japan plane: report

BEIJING (Reuters) – Local authorities in China’s northeastern province of Liaoning detected higher than normal radiation levels on a Japanese cargo plane that arrived in the port city of Dalian a week ago, state news agency Xinhua reported late on Wednesday.

The Dalian Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau measured a radiation level of 2.2 microsieverts per hour, or 22 times higher than normal, from the plane’s cargo, Xinhua said, citing a spokesman from the agency.

Despite the higher radiation levels authorities said they did not turn the plane away.

The plane left after it landed “because of a tight schedule,” Xinhua quoted a spokesman with Liaoning Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau as saying.

Media reported earlier that an All Nippon Airways cargo plane arrived at Dalian on March 16 from an airport near Tokyo but was denied entry due to excessive radiation detected from its cargo, according to Xinhua.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said the overall situation at the quake-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant 250 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo remained serious despite some positive developments. Some countries have started blocking imports of produce from Japan, fearful of radiation contamination.

(Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee, Editing by Jonathan Hopfner)

China province detects radiation from Japan plane: report