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Brussels, 12 March 2011

The European Commission is following closely the developments of the earthquake in Japan and has established contacts with Japanese sources, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the established emergency networks in Europe, like ECURIE1

The IAEA incident and emergency centre communicated that an explosion occurred at Unit 1 Fukushima Dai-ichi. Detailed information about the courses of the explosion has not been communicated.

Inside the Commission, a coordination group has been established in the context of ECURIE to inform Member States so that the EU is at the same level of information. A first information on the explosion that occurred at Unit 1 Fukushima Dai-ichi has been distributed via the ECURIE system.

Commissioner Oettinger will invite national nuclear safety authorities, nuclear power plant vendors and operators early next week for a meeting in Brussels to jointly assess the consequences of the accident as well as the lessons that can be drawn from the events in Japan. If required, pro-active actions will be taken to address to situation in the EU.

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European Community Urgent Radiological Information Exchange

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