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Fukushima radiation leaks ‘equal 168 Hiroshimas’


Government nuclear experts, however, said the World War II bomb blast and the accidental reactor meltdowns at Fukushima, which has seen ongoing radiation leaks but no deaths so far, were beyond comparison.

The amount of caesium-137 released since the three reactors were crippled by the March 11 quake and tsunami has been estimated at 15,000 tera becquerels, the Tokyo Shimbun reported, quoting a government calculation.

That compares with the 89 tera becquerels released by “Little Boy”, the uranium bomb the United States dropped on the western Japanese city in the final days of World War II, the report said.

The estimate was submitted by Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s cabinet to a lower house committee on promotion of technology and innovation, the daily said.

The government, however, argued that the comparison was not valid.

UK Telegraph

2 Comments on "Fukushima radiation leaks ‘equal 168 Hiroshimas’"

  1. DMCSEO on Fri, 26th Aug 2011 6:27 am 

    Really Good Article….

  2. Kenz300 on Sat, 27th Aug 2011 3:02 pm 

    This disaster is not over… School children are going to school wearing radiation monitors. Radiation hot spots have been found in Tokyo. The tea crop was destroyed due to radiation. Meat and vegetables with high levels of radiation have been found for sale in stores. Government workers complain that there are not enough radiation testing equipment to guarantee safe food supply. TEPCO and the government have not provided accurate and timely information to the people. Independent monitors and groups need to come in and provide some reliable information.

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