Secrets of Fukushima

It’s true – this disaster is on a magnitude which may pass that of Chernobyl. Of course it is also very different than the classic meltdown of a single reactor in Chernobyl and with Fukushima there are many reactors and tons of spent rods that are going through various stages of burning and exploding while attempts are being made to cool them.

Anyway, here’s a report from Korea:

At first, the enormity of what has hit Japan has meant that countries with which diplomatic relations are often difficult, such as China and Korea, had set aside any bitterness and done everything possible to help a neighbor so brutally targeted natural disasters. Now, however, the continuing crisis at the nuclear plant in Fukushima, the danger of radiation, and especially how little transparency with which the authorities of the central spread the news about it, they began to scratch a bit ‘unconditional initially expressed support for Japan . Fear of radiation, in fact, continues to gravitate to the entire region: the winds are shifting a bit radioactive particles’ in all directions, with a rise of radioactivity recorded in both Hong Kong and San Francisco, passing, of course, Korea , China and Russia. These figures are very low, which, they insist on all governments, have no health consequences, and that may have adverse effects on agriculture.

Nevertheless, now that Korea started in the spring rains, some panic in the population fearful of fallout has meant that some schools remain closed Thursday. This, after traces of radioactive iodine and cesium were found in rainwater fell on the southern island of Jeju. The Ministry of Education has endorsed the closure, saying that the levels of radioactivity in rainwater are low, but left that they were the principals to decide. And some have preferred to close the schools to decrease the anxiety of parents. All schools have reduced, however, outdoor activities, including sporting events, while the Korean President Lee Myung-bakPresident Lee Myung-bak has demanded that the imported food is subject to controls to measure the radioactivity, as is already happening in China. Beijing, moreover, increases the number of daily food items that are testing for radioactivity and has significantly restricted the list of foods that can be imported from Japan.

Both the Chinese government, as the Korean, have expressed strong disappointment in Tokyo have been advised to just three hours before deciding to download tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. Tokyo immediately offered his apologies, explaining that he had received the request for approval by TEPCO (the company that owns the damaged central Fukushima) only an hour before alerting neighbors. Satoru Sato, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, during a press conference, referring to complaints from neighbors, said, “you must consider what are the appropriate measures that the government must take, based on this experience.” Adding that “it is difficult to give information more quickly when the situation changes from one minute to another.”

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