FROM Geoff Brumfiel
Japan's Nuclear Mess Is Still Deep in Hot Water The melt down of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant likely released twice as much radiation as originally reported. That's according to Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency , and it has increased concern about whether the government has really come clean about the seriousness of the accident. Geoff Brumfiel is senior reporter with Nature magazine.
Japanese Government Equates Fukushima Disaster to Chernobyl The explosion at Chernobyl, Ukraine, in 1986 set the standard as the worst accident in the history of nuclear power. Today, the government of Japan officially upgraded the Fukushima-Daiichi disaster to equal Chernobyl, giving it 7 on a scale of 7. But comparison of the two accidents involves not just the amount of radiation released but the way the disasters have developed over time. Geoff Brumfiel, senior reporter with Nature magazine, has been covering the nuclear accident in Japan.
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