Japan may hand out iodine near nuclear plants—IAEA

Reuters

Posted at Mar 12 2011 09:35 PM | Updated as of Mar 13 2011 06:21 AM

VIENNA - Japanese authorities have told the U.N. atomic watchdog they are making preparations to distribute iodine to people living near nuclear power plants affected by Friday's earthquake, the Vienna-based agency said.

Iodine can be used to help protect the body from radioactive exposure.

In Japan on Saturday, radiation leaked from a damaged nuclear reactor after an explosion blew the roof off in the wake of a massive earthquake, but the government insisted that radiation levels were low.