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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:13 AM
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How can Fukushima crisis be rated as severe as Chernobyl?
Some specialists are questioning the usefulness of an international scale for measuring the severity of nuclear accidents a scale that now rates the Fukushima Daiichi crisis in Japan as equal to Chernobyl.

They note that even by the most dire estimates Fukushima has released only one-tenth the radiation that Chernobyl did. Moreover, they suggest that scale is not intended to help politicians and the public decide how to act it was designed by engineers for engineers, and is even flawed in that respect, they say.

Officials at two Japanese agencies that oversee the nuclear industry jointly announced they were elevating the severity of the crisis on the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) severity index from 5 to 7, the maximum ranking.

But the scale "doesn't trigger anything," says David Ropeik, who heads Ropeik & Associates, a risk-management consulting firm in Concord, Mass. "Here it is being used, and it's demonstrating that it can't even categorize things that precisely."

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0412/How-can-Fukushim...
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:49 AM
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1. I guess that scale is about as useful and
informative as Ridge's color scale was.
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Major Hogwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:59 AM
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2. This accident hit the "Holy Fucking Shit" level about 2 weeks ago.
Eventually they will get around to adding a new level to their severity index, maybe in a few years, it will be called the "Fuku level" - the highest level they will ever need!

Isn't earth day sometime this month?
Jesus Christ!!
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CJvR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:22 AM
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3. Probably...
...due to the external situation with the evacuation and all.
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