To Time magazine : “Japanese officials announced on Tuesday morning that they were planning to raise the event level at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant from 5 to the maximum level of 7 “
That’s right, now Fukushima is just alongside Chernobyl in the IAEA INES scale. Yet, the catastrophe that is shaking Japan unleashed just a tenth of the radiation Chernobyl unleashed.
At Chernobyl, the whole reactor was destroyed, thus releasing massive radiations, over a large part of Europe. This wasn’t the case at all in Fukushima.
Yet, the situation there could last weeks, months and even years…
I just hope that after this huge catastrophe the IAEA will seriously upgrade safety and transparency measures. This is what they seem to plan to do…
Only at this price will people grow confident again in this energy source.
Many around the world were demanding nuclear power to be stopped before, now they are gaining more and more voices.
But this would be preposterous as climate change is more and more a problem and as, to me, coal remains the enemy number 1 because of its massive air and soil pollution and huge carbon dioxide emissions.