Did you receive this message on your phone yesterday?
READ: "BBC FLASHNEWS: Japan [government] confirms radiation leak at fukushima nuclear plants. Asian countries should take necessary precautions. Remain indoors [for the first 24 hours]. Close doors and windows. Swab neck skin with betadine where thyroid area is, radiation hits thyroid first. Take extra precaution, radiation may hit Philippines starting 4PM [today]. [Please] send to [your] friends."
Well, before you start dabbing betadine on your neck, read this: This text message is a hoax. It's fake. So drop the bottle.
The explosion that happened at Fukushima Nuclear Plant apparently poses very little threat to the Philippines. Quoting GMANews:
Earlier on Monday, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario Montejo said Monday a "Chernobyl scenario" of radiation clouds from a failed nuclear power plant in quake- and tsunami-devastated Japan may subside in a few days' time.
Montejo said while they are not discounting a leakage from the nuclear plant in Fukushima, the threat is small and there is "very little" threat to the Philippines.
"There is no immediate threat to the Philippines ... (We are) very optimistic in a few days pwede na natin bitawan yan (We are very optimistic in a few days we can declare no threat to the country)," Montejo said in an interview on dwIZ radio.
Montejo also said one of the supposed nuclear plant explosions was actually a "calibrated vent," adding the plants had redundant safety precautions in place.
Such safety precautions included containment vessels that would keep radiation from getting out of the plant, he said.
So again, there's nothing to fear.
Seriously, what's it with the individuals who started this scare? What's the point in planting fear in the hearts and minds of people at a time like this?
TP Friends, there's already enough chaos, fear and suffering in the world today. Let's not contribute to the problem by not spreading this hoax of a text message. Instead, let's continue to pray for Japan and for God to protect the Philippines at all times.