Fukushima Disaster Inching Towards Chernobyl Levels

Japanese officials are suggesting residents living 30 kilometers from Fukushima evacuate, as the situation at the nuclear power plant gets worse -- perhaps to the levels of the Chernobyl disaster, which made the area unliveable and affected wildlife and children for decades after.

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan took to the air for a rare press conference to discuss the situation at the crippled nuclear plant, and to mark the two weeks which have passed since an unprecedented, three-prong earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster rocked the country.

Kan described the situation at Fukushima as "very grave and serious", adding, "we are not in a position where we can be optimistic. We must treat every development with the utmost care."

AsBrad Blog points out, there may be a leak in reactor 3, which if true would facilitate a meltdown. Yesterday two workers were hospitalized after stepping in water at the unit. And according to Steve Herman, reporter for VOA's Northeast Asia Bureau, the 'Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), has said the workers hospitalized after burns from coming into contact with radioactive water "also seem to have 'internal exposure'".'

Read the extended report at Brad Blog.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at March 26, 2011, 5:11am

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