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Low levels of radioactive iodine believed to be from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan have been detected in Glasgow.
|The Fukushima plant was devastated by|
an earthquake and tsunami
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) said the concentration of iodine detected was "extremely low" and "not of concern for the public".
The Fukushima plant was crippled after being hit by a tsunami in the aftermath of a huge earthquake.
Radiation leaks were recorded following subsequent explosions and fires.
Sepa said it had been informed that an air sampler in Glasgow had recorded the presence of radioactive iodine.
The agency said the value reported was consistent with reports from other European countries such as Iceland and Switzerland.
The organisation's radioactive substances manager, Dr James Gemmill, said: "The concentration of iodine detected is extremely low and is not of concern for the public or the environment.
"The fact that such a low concentration of this radionuclide was detected demonstrates how effective the surveillance programme for radioactive substances is in the UK.
"Sepa has an ongoing comprehensive monitoring programme for radioactivity in Scotland and has increased the level of scrutiny to provide ongoing public assurance during this period."