17 Mar '11, 11pm

Fukushima's not Chernobyl

The worsening crisis at the Fukushima power station in Japan has led to inevitable comparisons with the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster that killed workers at the plant instantly, caused cancers in the surrounding population and spread radioactive contamination so far that livestock restrictions are still in place at some farms around the United Kingdom. The situation at Fukushima - which the French nuclear agency estimates to be a Level Six "serious accident" (two up from the one at Three Mile Island in 1979) - is certainly grave and immediately dangerous for those at the site who are fighting to make the crippled reactors and fuel storage ponds safe. But whatever warnings are now being issued by foreign governments to their citizens in Japan, there are significant differences that set this apart from the catastrophe in Ukraine. At Chernobyl, the nuclear reactor exploded ...

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