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Government Scientists on Japan Nuke Meltdown: No Need to Worry

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Smoke spewing out from the quake-struck Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Smoke spewing out from the quake-struck Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.

Government believes that the possible nuclear meltdown in Japan has no imminent danger to the country.

MANILA, Philippines—There is no need to worry about any nuclear meltdown in Japan according to government scientists on Sunday.

Unlike previous meltdowns such as the Chernobyl in Russia, the nuclear power plants in Japan have high-tech configurations aimed at preventing the spread of the radioactive waste, said the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). 

The department explained further that the nuke plants have containment units so even a meltdown happens, the waste would only be contained in the reactor within the structure.   Department secretary Mario Montejo added that even “in a worst-case scenario, any radioactive could in Japan will not affect the Philippines.”

The nuclear power plant in Fukushima Japan was hit by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake last Friday.  An explosion sent heavy smoke emitting from the plant which rose fears of a possible meltdown.  The Japanese government declared an atomic emergency on Saturday and immediately advised tens of thousands of people residing within 20 kilometers of the plant to leave. 

Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency of the country rated the incident as level four on the international scale of 0 to 7.  On the International Nuclear Event Scale, level four indicates a nuclear reactor accident that has local consequences.

The 1986 Chernobyl disaster was rated seven while the 1979 Three Mile Island accident was rated five. 

However, as DOST said, it is not right to compare Japan’s situation right now with the countries that experienced nuclear power plant breakdowns in the past.  Japan has certainly the best technology and means to make their power plants as safe as possible.  Besides, they would not want to have a repeat of the Tokaimura accident which resulted in a radiation leak in 1999.

 

Photo courtesy of telegraph.co.uk

 



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Japan earthquake, Fukishima Power Plant, Nuclear Meltdown, DOST, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl

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