Japan has upgraded its nuclear crisis at Fukushima to the same level as the Chernobyl meltdown 25 years ago. Donald Olander, a nuclear engineering professor at Berkeley, tells us that “Fukushima is no Chernobyl, but has the potential to become one”.
The Japanese authorities upgraded the Fukushima nuclear emergency sparked by last month's earthquake and tsunami to a maximum 7 Monday. The new rating puts it on a par with the deadly meltdown at the former Soviet Union plant in Chernobyl in 1986, in which thousands are believed to have died as a result of leaked radiation.
Date created : 2011-04-13