Nuclear Power Plant blast / radiation leak in Japan might cause acid rain: BBC Text Message Hoax

The Fukushima Daiichi (Dai-ichi) Nuclear Power Plant blast in Japan is now causing worries to the people here in the Philippines.

Two hydrogen explosions happened at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. The first one was last Saturday, a day after the earthquake, then another one just today, Monday.

AssociatedPress posted on Youtube a video of the recent explosion. Watch!

Now, the Filipinos are feeling worried after 2 warning messages circulate thru text or SMS.

One text message says that the nuclear power plant blast or the radiation leak in Japan might bring radioactive clouds to the Philippines and pour acid rain.

The text message warns the people not to go out when it's raining because of the dangerous acid rain. "WARNING: 4:30 in the afternoon, sumabog ang isang nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. Kapag umulan daw mamaya at bukas, wala daw lalabas. Kapag lalabas ka, siguraduhing hindi mabasa ng ulan dahil delikado ito at posibleng masunog balat nyo, makalbo o magka-cancer. HAVE MERCY. Pls pass!"

Then the other text message is allegedly a news flash from BBC News in the UK. It says, "BBC Newsflash! Japan gov't confirms explosion, radiation leak at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants. Asian countries should take necessary precautions. Remain indoors first 24 hrs. Close doors or windows. Swab neck skin with betadine were thyroid area is, radiation hits thyroid first. Take extra precautions. Radiation may hit Phil. starting 4PM today. Pls send to your love ones. Prevention is better than cure. So no more harm to be more cautious esp. for our health. God bless us all."

The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute under the Department of Science and Technology said in a statement that there's nothing to worry about the radiation from Japan.

According to them, the radioactivity here is in normal level and the radiation leak in Japan has no immediate threat to the Philippines.

The PAG-ASA meanwhile has also reacted on the text messages and told everyone not to believe it.

That means, it's nothing but a hoax, just like the acid rain warnings in other countries which weren't true.

PAG-ASA said in an interview that the wind from Japan is moving away from the Philippines and definitely won't pass the country.

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1 Comment(s):

  1. "The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!" -- Chicken Little
    "Your people would have died in any case from the corruption spread by your ancestors."--Brother Andro (The Darkling [authorized])
    The people of the Philippines have the right to object to any nearby country building nuclear facilities in an Earthquake Zone.
    This event will be all right. But future events, may not be. This is the warning. It is time to speak up.