Fukushima worse than Chernobyl?

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Is the Fukushima nuclear meltdown worse than that in Chernobyl?

Will the health and ecological consequences of the reactor accident in Fukushima, Japan, be comparable to those of Chernobyl? The Society for Radiation Protection discussed this yesterday. The chairman of the company is none other than Sebastain Pflugbeil. Pflugbeil made it clear that the radioactive contamination in Fukushima will spread differently than that in Chernobyl. He. Because there is no fire in Japan, which is why the radioactive material will hit a smaller radius of up to 500 kilometers, but the population density is far higher and will therefore directly affect many more people. The people of Japan cannot be relocated over hundreds of kilometers, as was the case in Chernobyl in Ukraine at the time. According to the expert, the population density is up to 40 times higher than in Ukraine. As a result, many more people will suffer above all from the long-term consequences of the nuclear disaster. The health consequences for the population will therefore be far more dramatic than in the former Soviet Union.

Category of the international accident scale INES now shows "super meltdown" The reactor disaster of Fukushima has now been officially classified by the Japanese authorities into the highest category of the international accident scale INES. The level is now 5, 7 instead of 5. This level has so far only been achieved by the nuclear accident in Chernobyl and means the absolute “super-GAU”. A worst-case scenario is a situation that, based on current knowledge, is no longer manageable. However, the Japanese government emphasized that the classification is initially only "temporary".

Nuclear experts disagree with the Society for Radiation Protection Because the overall data situation is still very scarce, one cannot say that Fukushima is comparable or even worse than the reactor disaster in Chernobyl. The United Nations Scientific Committee for the Study of the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), on the other hand, takes this view. Its chairman Wolfgang Weiss rather assumes that the effects are "serious" but not so pronounced. However, a final and comprehensive assessment cannot be made at this time. The data currently available is not sufficient for this. The committee intends to examine the health consequences of the nuclear disaster in the next two years and then take a clear position. Until then, comparisons are irrelevant.

Nuclear Congress in Berlin
A critical Chernobyl conference is currently taking place in Berlin. Doctors, scientists and nuclear experts are invited. The meeting will focus on the health and ecological consequences of the Chernobyl accident. The researchers and experts will also spend three days on the new effects and current results of the Supergaus in Fukushima. (sb)

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