Fukushima Leaks 168 Hiroshima Blasts Of Radiation

Fukushima Leaks 168 Hiroshima Blasts Of Radiation

We’ve known Fukushima’s been haemorrhaging radiation steadily since the disaster began in March. But now we’ve got a horrid new way to quantify it: the amount of terribly dangerous cesium-137 released by the plant is equal to 168 nuclear bombings.

The Guardian reports that the Japanese government’s own calculations put the release of caesium-137 — a particularly lethal isotope — at 15,000 tera becquerels. That’s an esoteric unit of measurement, but you can ignore it. Just think of it this way: the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima released 89 tera becquerels of cesium-137 when it levelled the city.

Now this isn’t an entirely apt analogy. The destruction of a nuclear bomb is inordinately greater than that of a plant meltdown, because the former is a weapon designed to create a massive explosion and release of heat. Fukushima did explode, yes, but with nothing resembling the blast of a nuclear bomb. Fukushima’s release is slower — more insidious. A deadly leak that’s seeped into the earth, water, food, and urine of Japan. The bomb dropped on Hiroshima obliterated civilisation within a radius of several miles–the evacuation zone around Fukushima is considerably wider. [Telegraph]