02 Apr '11, 3am

Fukushima 'much bigger than Chernobyl' (via ST iPhone App)

Fukushima 'much bigger than Chernobyl' (via ST iPhone App)

Top parts of explosion-damaged reactors (from left) Unit 4, Unit 3, Unit 2 and Unit 1 of the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex are seen. -- PHOTO: AP WASHINGTON - JAPAN'S unfolding nuclear disaster is 'much bigger than Chernobyl' and could rewrite the international scale used to measure the severity of atomic accidents, a Russian expert said here on Friday. 'Chernobyl was a dirty bomb explosion. The next dirty bomb is Fukushima and it will cost much more' in economic and human terms, said Ms Natalia Mironova, a thermodynamic engineer who became a leading anti-nuclear activist in Russia in the wake of the accident at the Soviet-built reactor in Ukraine in 1986. 'Fukushima is much bigger than Chernobyl,' she said, adding that the Japanese nuclear crisis was likely to eclipse Chernobyl on the seven-point international scale used to rate nuclear disasters. Ch...

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