Fukushima Reactor Threat Doesn’t Equal Chernobyl, Say Scientists
The Fukushima reactor occurrence has been classified in the same class as the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Scientists, though, caution people against comparing them too directly, as Chernobyl was actually far worse. The threat posed by Fukushima occurrence is being somewhat exaggerated. Source for this article – Fukushima reactor danger does not equal Chernobyl, say scientists by Newsytype.com.
Warning by scientists
According to Japanese authorities, the Fukushima nuclear power plant and leak of radiation was as bad as the Chernobyl disaster was. There have been several researchers to deny this though, states CNN. These scientists come from around the world. The risk level was changed from a 5 to a 7, or the highest threat level, by the Japanese regulatory agency called the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. The International Atomic Energy Agency scale is being used here. In all of history that has been recorded, a seven has only ever been assigned to the Chernobyl incident. Researchers say the Fukushima occurrence was not at a seven since only people within 30 kilometers of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex have danger.
The catastrophe Chernobyl caused
The Fukushima incident does not compare to Chernobyl. Chernobyl was terrifying. The NISA showed that only 10 percent of Chernobyl’s risk is there with Fukushima, states the Christian Science Monitor. In fact, one only similarity between the two is that they were both rated on the IAEA scale. At Chernobyl, the nuclear reactor exploded getting nuclear material everywhere, including the atmosphere. The main difference is that Fukushima didn’t lose much nuclear material. 90 percent stayed settled.
There have been significant aftershocks for the country. It has made anything worse than it already was. A 6.6 magnitude quake struck the eastern coast of Japan on Monday, April 11, causing tremors in Tokyo and power outages to 220,000 residences, according to MSNBC. The week before, on Thurs, April 7, a magnitude 7.4 aftershock struck off the coast and had similar effects, causing officials to issue a tsunami warning, according to The Telegraph. Anyone living close to the Fukushima reactor complex has been evacuated, but there’s a threat of further radiation leaks.
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