Damaged Japanese Nuclear Power Plants not Expected to Pose Risk to Canada
March 14, 2011 – The Government of Canada continues to closely monitor the situation at several nuclear power plants following the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan on March 11, 2011. We send our deepest condolences to the people of Japan, particularly those who have lost loved ones during this terrible tragedy.
As Prime Minister Harper stated, Canada stands ready to provide any and all possible assistance to the people of Japan. Canada has put a range of capabilities at Japan's disposal, including a 17-member Disaster Victim Identification team, which is currently on standby and ready to be deployed. The Government of Canada is also offering chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear technical expertise and equipment, Canadian Forces assets-including strategic airlift and personnel-to facilitate humanitarian relief efforts, Government of Canada relief stocks and emergency medical and engineering capabilities.
The Government of Canada is actively monitoring the situation and assessing the potential risks to Canada as a result of the damage to power plants in Japan. The situation in Japan is not expected to pose any health or safety risk to Canada. Federal departments and agencies are closely working together and are in close contact with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Government of Japan and the international community to manage the current situation.
Canadians in Japan have been advised to exercise caution and avoid travel to certain areas. More information on travel warnings for Japan can be found here: Travel Report for Japan
For more information on the Government of Canada response, please consult the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions: Japan Earthquake). For more information on the situation in Japan, please visit the following Web sites:
Public Safety Canada