We keep hearing about more and more radioactive danger around Japan but is there any chance it will get to Indonesia?
We are fielding quite a few enquiries regarding safe travel to destinations close to (or sometimes even far away from) Japan.
At the moment, the situation is dire in Japan, but the repercussions for the rest of the world, specifically in regard to radiation danger, is minimal at the very worst. Many countries are putting importation bans for certain foods from Japan, which is really the only way (relatively) high levels of radiation can be transported to other countries.
Radiation can be delivered via water and atmospheric water, but the dissipation across large bodies of water results in significant distillation once the material reaches it's destination. When radiation leaks, for example from the Fukushima plant, it is the areas that are in close proximity to the leak that are in real danger, as the radiation is concentrated. For radiation to travel across the seas to Indonesia, the levels of ionized radiation would be apparant, but miniscule.
To give a different perspective, several nations around the world are urging their expatriate citizens to stay 60 - 80 kms away from the affected zone. Some countries are encouraging complete evacuation from Japan, but this is a safeguard.
At the end of the day, there could be developments that change the situation - but at this stage, travel to Indonesia will not be affected by radiation.
Jesse - Safety Hub over 7 years ago
For your info, Indonesia is a safe country to travel to BUT never travel alone especially at nights. Shopping is good and cheap due to currency exchange.
Never eat or drink anything from roadside stalls. You WILL come down with severe diarrhea/food poisoning and will spoil your vacation.
I used to live and work in Indonesia for approx. 9 years.
Stephen over 7 years ago
Here's an interactive map of the proposed path of the radiation using weather patterns. You'll be WAY south of the fallout.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/16/science/plume-graphic.html over 7 years ago