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Radioactive Risk to Tokyo Limited Even at Worst, U.K. Says

The risks to human health from damage at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi atomic plant are limited to the area around the facility, according to the U.K.’s Chief Scientific Officer John Beddington.

“The 20 kilometer exclusion zone that the Japanese have actually imposed is sensible and proportionate,” Beddington said, according to a transcript of a conference call yesterday. The worst case scenario would result in an explosion that could send radioactive material about 1,600 feet in the air, he said.