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AtheistCrusader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:46 PM
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20. No, they are not officially "the same."
Let me know when Fukushima released 120,000 petabecquerels of radiation.

'Level 7' is pretty much arbitrary unit of measurement. Things will have to go VERY WRONG INDEED from this point forward for the Fukushima reactor complex to release as much radiation as Chernobyl did. And that's using even the newest, higher numbers from the Japanese Government, and 'admissions' from TEPCO.

It's as useful as saying Hurricane Andrew and Hurricane Camille were "officially they are now the same" because they were both category 5 hurricanes and ignoring the difference in wind speeds (over 25mph sustained), and five-fold difference in loss of life.

(Andrew was also costlier, because of where it hit, not because it was more powerful)

Discriminating between them is a limitation of the SaffirSimpson Hurricane Scale, as discriminating between Fukushima and Chernobyl is a limitation of the International Nuclear Event Scale.

Nuclear experts say Fukushima will go down in history as the second-worst nuclear accident ever. Not as bad as Chernobyl in the Ukraine but definitely much worse than Three Mile Island in the United States.

"Fukushima is not the worst nuclear accident ever but it is the most complicated and the most dramatic," said James Acton, Associate of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

THAT is a statement I will agree with. Fukushima is certainly more complex, as only reactor 3 at Chernobyl was further involved in the accident with Reactor 4, as part of the building caught fire after the Reactor 4 explosion.
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  -Amazing footage of St. Louis airport concourse during tornado. onehandle  Apr-24-11 09:54 PM   #0 
  - I was just trying to post this  liberal N proud   Apr-24-11 09:55 PM   #1 
  - This is crazy!  catgirl   Apr-24-11 10:14 PM   #2 
  - OMG  Lefta Dissenter   Apr-24-11 10:30 PM   #3 
  - incredible to watch. So sudden.  Poll_Blind   Apr-24-11 11:14 PM   #4 
  - This is Global Warming, folks --  defendandprotect   Apr-25-11 01:56 AM   #5 
  - Good point...  blackbart99   Apr-25-11 05:09 AM   #6 
  - Actually  pipoman   Apr-25-11 07:58 AM   #7 
  - In 2011 we had 200 + tornadoes April 14-15  Kokonoe   Apr-25-11 10:23 AM   #8 
  - And as we increasingly develop the capacity to watch every square inch of the earth 24x7  AtheistCrusader   Apr-25-11 11:05 AM   #9 
  - Our local meterologist predicted it, based on 1975 data.  joeglow3   Apr-25-11 06:38 PM   #15 
  - In 2011 we had 200 + tornadoes April 14-15  AlbertCat   Apr-25-11 07:52 PM   #17 
  - Hmmm.... what if the record setting outbreak in 1957 was the outlier  hedgehog   Apr-25-11 11:22 AM   #12 
  - So, you want to shut down a nuclear reactor to 'scale things back' due to global warming?  AtheistCrusader   Apr-25-11 11:06 AM   #10 
  - And you've been pro nuke calling us basically fools over saying Fukushima  axollot   Apr-25-11 07:05 PM   #16 
     - No, they are not officially "the same."  AtheistCrusader   Apr-25-11 09:46 PM   #20 
  - I'm pretty sure that's just a tornado.  Paradoxical   Apr-25-11 12:02 PM   #13 
  - Actually, it is the reality of living in the Midwest.  JDPriestly   Apr-25-11 02:20 PM   #14 
  - Interesting video...  MattSh   Apr-25-11 11:20 AM   #11 
  - Any more footage?  AsahinaKimi   Apr-25-11 08:13 PM   #18 
  - Gotta love people on cell phones  idrahaje   Apr-25-11 08:14 PM   #19 
     - This was a security camera.  AtheistCrusader   Apr-25-11 09:48 PM   #21 

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