Skip to comments.Japan nuclear crisis: Pressure to widen evacuation zone(Japan balks at UN demand)
Posted on 03/31/2011 4:23:15 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Japan nuclear crisis: Pressure to widen evacuation zone
UN nuclear monitors have advised Japan to consider expanding the evacuation zone around the stricken reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
An exclusion zone with a radius of 20km (12 miles) is currently in place but the UN says safe radiation limits have been exceeded 40km away.
'No immediate action'
The UN's nuclear watchdog (International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA) found safe radiation limits had been exceeded at the village of Iitate, 40km north-west of the nuclear plant.
"The highest values were found in a relatively small area in the north-west from the Fukushima power plant and the first assessment indicates that one of the IAEA operational criteria for evacuation is exceeded in Iitate village," senior IAEA official Denis Flory said.
Japan's top government spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, said on Thursday that the IAEA had advised the government to "carefully assess the situation on the basis of this report".
"I don't think that this is something of a nature which immediately requires such action," he told reporters.
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Cause we know the UN is the expert. Next the UN will propose a no fly zone over Japan
“Cause we know the UN is the expert. Next the UN will propose a no fly zone over Japan”
Japan does not inspire confidence either though.
Will the UN assert authority over Japan?
We live in interesting times
Fukushima could become UN Wild Life Refugee in time. Nobody will live there except animals and plants.
I agree with retiring old tech, but my point was that I believe Japan has tried to hide the radiation risk. It’s all good crisis management, until people get sick years from now. See 9/11 https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Health_effects_arising_from_the_September_11_attacks
Hiroshima and Nagasaki are currently well populated health cities. The danger is exposure today.
The reports of radiation are extremely hard to interpret. Some are due to poor measurements and some are valid all reports are usually full of emotion. The hysteria of saying its 1000 times normal is quite misleading. 1000 times normal may be a safe level.
I don’t see the Japanese govt hiding anything. They are simply trying to get their hands around a massive massive problem.
Isn’t the radiation just going to continue to spread and wreak havoc on more and more of the country over time? You know, like liberalism.
Yes, this is a slow motion crisis which may still be played over months. On any given day, radiation leak may not be small, but it may add up over time to the level nobody can ignore.
keyboard spew alert
“Isnt the radiation just going to continue to spread and wreak havoc on more and more of the country over time?”
Sure. Until it’s contained. Right now, there’s no end in sight.
“Hiroshima and Nagasaki are currently well populated health cities.”
And it’s only been 66 years!
“The lesson here is that 40 year old designs need to be retired and new plants built.”
Newer designs or not, a few more lessons might be:
Don’t falsify safety inspection reports at a nuclear power plant.
Maintain and test the backup systems.
Figure out a better solution for spent fuel.
Quoting a friend of mine...
“...That is the japanese way. Ignore the reality of the issue until there is a problem and then do damage control.”
We have a better solution for spent fuel, the libratards have chosen to block it. Forcing the industry to keep hazardous materials in less secure means of storage.
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