South Korea on Monday started ’emergency radiation tests’ on seawater at 108 points across the Korean Peninsula to allay fears regarding Japan’s plans to release contaminated water from its Fukushima nuclear plant. 75 of the 108 spots are located in the east, west and south of South Korea, and the remaining 33 are from more distant areas. The government will employ a ‘rapid analysis method’ to draw results quickly instead of the traditional inspection methods which usually take more than two months. It will take around four days to receive the analysis results, which will then be made public. Fishermen in the southwestern county of Jangheung held a maritime parade on July 21 to protest Japan’s proposed water release.
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