26 Apr '11, 6pm

Japan says Fukushima different from Chernobyl

Japan says Fukushima different from Chernobyl

TOKYO: Japan said on Tuesday, the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, that its six-week-old Fukushima nuclear crisis was "different in nature" from the events in Ukraine. Japan has ranked the tsunami-triggered disaster at Fukushima as a "major accident" with the maximum severity ranking of seven on an international scale, the same as Chernobyl, while stressing that it is less serious. "It is clear that the two cases are different in nature," said the government spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano. "Unfortunately the amount of radioactive material leaked was about one-tenth (of Chernobyl), but at least we were able to avoid explosions of the reactors," he said on the day the world marked a quarter of a century since Chernobyl. He said Japan had been able to draw on some of the lessons of the disaster in Ukraine in dealing with its own crisis after...

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