We can mention Chernobyl in the same breath now.
Green Action, Japan reports that a new analysis prepared for Greenpeace Germany by nuclear safety expert Dr Helmut Hirsch shows that by 23 March 2011, Japan’s nuclear crisis “has already released enough radioactivity to be ranked at Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES)”.
“This is the scale’s highest level, and equal to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster,” says Green Action.
For the full press release published on the Nuclear Information and Resource Service website, see here (in pdf format).
I still remember those professors/experts from the UK trying to play down Fukushima in the first few days after the initial explosion even though our gut feeling told us the situation looked horrible after the first explosion. The nuclear establishment and the Japanese authorities too tried to present a positive spin of events in the days immediately after the disaster first hit the headlines.
Can you trust these so-called experts with links to the multi-billion dollar nuclear energy industry?
Do we still want to proceed with our own nuclear plans?