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27th April 2018 - Move Over Chernobyl, Fukushima is Now Officially the Worst Nuclear Power Disaster in History


Total atmospheric releases from Fukushima are estimated to be between 5.6 and 8.1 times that of Chernobyl, according to the 2013 World Nuclear Industry Status Report. Professor Komei Hosokawa, who wrote the report’s Fukushima section, told London’s Channel 4 News then, “Almost every day new things happen, and there is no sign that they will control the situation in the next few months or years.”

Contamination of soil, vegetation and water is so widespread in Japan that evacuating all the at-risk populations could collapse the economy, much as Chernobyl did to the former Soviet Union. For this reason, the Japanese government standard for decontaminating soil there is far less stringent than the standard used in Ukraine after Chernobyl.
Ah, Pia,  maybe it's not about objectivity; it's about perception management.  Chernobyl was the fault of the West's great enemy, the USSR.  Threatened all of Europe with bad radiation.  Made people think nuclear energy use might be dangerous in the wrong hands.  Then it happened in the West, Fukushima Daiichi.  Japan's number one nuclear power plant had three melt outs and a spent fuel fire that smoked for over a year.  Threatened all of Japan with safe radiation.  Objectively, ionizing radiation is a hazard to life to be kept contained from our environment and us.  Western experience with previous nuclear loss of containment accidents and the public's response has taught them how easily they can fool the majority of people who really know so little about atomic energy and nuclear science.  They bury the truth with large numbers, different models, missing data, and control the information so easily because we can't see it or sense ionizing radiation. We have a few limited tools to measure it.  We can't accurately measure the risk to ourselves or risks spread over lifetimes from the many accidental loss of containment events there've been. I vote we give the trophy to Fukushima until the next big nuclear disaster threatens us.