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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

IAEA: Fukushima very different from Chernobyl

Article from NHK News :

" The International Atomic Energy Agency has supported the Japanese government's analysis that the release of radioactive materials from the Fukushima Daiichi plant is on a smaller scale than the 1986 Chernobyl accident.

IAEA Deputy Director General Denis Flory spoke to reporters in Vienna on Tuesday after the Japanese authorities raised the severity level of the Fukushima accident to 7 from 5. This is the highest rank on an international scale and the same level as the Chernobyl accident.

Flory said the accidents at Fukushima and Chernobyl are very different. He said that in Chernobyl the reactor exploded while in operation, but in Fukushima the reactors stopped when the earthquake hit and the pressure vessels housing them did not blow up.

Flory said the Japanese government has provided credible data to the IAEA. He supported Japan's analysis that the cumulative dose is about 10 percent of the one from the Chernobyl plant."

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