Fukushima-Daiichi “As Serious As Chernobyl”
By Chris Busby
27 March, 2011
The International Atomic Energy Agency website states: High levels of beta-gamma contamination have been measured between 16-58 km from the plant. Available results show contamination ranging from 0.2-0.9 MBq per square metre.
The comparable maps from Chernobyl are shown below for Cs-137
In the above map, the “hot spots” are defined as greater than 0.55MBq/sq:m. This the IAEA are saying that up to 60km from Fukuhima the activity is more than twice the level defined as a hotspot in the maps shown. These maps are from the European Commission (the lower) and the Soviet authorities (upper).
This means the following:.
1. The explosions vapourised some or all of the spent fuel tanks on reactors number 1-3.
2. The accident is as serious as Chernobyl, which is what I stated on Friday last and in various TV and radio interviews
3. There is every likelihood that the pressure vessel of at least one reactor is open
4. There is serious contamination of the sea which will extend the radioactivity to coastal dwellers for hundreds of kilometres through inhalation of sea-to-land transfer of radionuclides and seafood
5. The health effects will be serious and we must consider that contamination will probably be global, though the levels may not be apparent for a while
6. Public within 150km should leave the area immediately.
Chris Busby is a British scientist and activist known for his work on the health effects of ionising radiation. In addition to his academic appointments he is the director of Green Audit, an environmental consultancy agency, and scientific advisor to the Low Level Radiation Campaign which he set up in 1995. Busby was also the National Speaker on Science and Technology for the Green Party of England and Wales, and the Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risks, based in Brussels.
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