No environmental risks spotted in quake zone

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No environmental risks have been spotted in major enterprises located in the quake-hit Ya'an and neighboring regions in southwest China's Sichuan Province, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, citing a work team at the site.

Monitoring results of local water sources have been normal so far, and various nuclear facilities have been kept safe and under control, with no radioactive release detected, the ministry said in a statement released late Sunday.

However, office buildings and lab equipment have suffered serious damages in Ya'an's environmental protection unit, the statement said.

According to the statement, the ministry has launched round-the-clock monitoring of local environments after the quake, focusing on the warehouses of dangerous chemicals, chemical factories, storage of mine tailings, drinking water sources and nuclear facilities.

The work team in the quake zone will coordinate efforts to monitor local industries and rivers, offering support to restore the environmental protection capabilities in the region.

The death toll has risen to 186 after a 7.0-magnitude quake jolted Lushan County of Sichuan's Ya'an City at 8:02 a.m. Saturday Beijing time.

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