“The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi plant is slowly stabilising, step by step, and the emission of radioactive substances is on a declining trend,” Prime Minister Naoto Kan told a press briefing today.
“A month has passed. We need to take steps towards restoration and reconstruction,” he said.
One month has passed. One month after the tsunami waves that invaded the northwest coast and hit the Japanese central Fukushima affecting their reactors. The biggest tragedy Japanese in years, and the fourth potential earthquake on the Richter scale with more than 11,000 dead and 16,000 missing people was the worst it could happen. But we all were wrong. One month later the winds of Fukushima still blowing but not exactly good news. The Japanese government the first day of the nuclear accident estimated the severity of Fukushima at level 5 on the scale that evaluates nuclear accidents, today they decided to place it to Level 7.
Hidehiko Nishiyama, a deputy director-general of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), said the decision to raise the severity of the incident from level 5 to 7 – the same as the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986 – was based on cumulative quantities of radiation released.
A level 7 incident means a major release of radiation with a widespread health and environmental impact, while a 5 level is a limited release of radioactive material, with several deaths, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Fukushima ain’t an “accident without significant impact, ” as stated by Tokyo for weeks, nor is it an “accident with off-site risk, “as held for a month. Fukushima is a “major accident”, a level seven. International experts insisted for weeks that the accident should be classified at least as a level 6 on the international INES scale. Until yesterday, Japan still maintained the level 5, similar to the accident at Three Mile Island in Harrisburg (USA, 1979), in which there was little escape.
Despite increasing gravity, NISA has insisted on separating the Chernobyl accident: “There are many differences, ” said spokesman NISA, including that you can still work with the nuclear issue or abroad is significantly lower . The estimate of the amount emitted by Fukushima is 10% of Chernobyl and gave the French Institute of Radiology on 24 March.
Lam Ching-wan, a chemical pathologist at the University of Hong Kong and member of the American Board of Toxicology, said this level of radiation was harmful.
Anyway we didn’t learn nothing from one month ago, it seems.” It’s a reassessment the radiation released into the atmosphere peaked from March 15 to 16. Radiation is still being released, but the amount now has fallen considerably,” said NISA’s Nishiyama.
Now the area is higher than one month ago. The risk seems the same. The evacuation area was expanded. What has changed since a month ago to today?
One month ago the Fukushima winds were empty of radiation. Today the wind in Fukushima blows radioactive material everywhere..