“Fukushima disaster worse than Chernobyl”
TOKYO -- Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said Saturday it had found radioactive water leaking into the sea from a cracked concrete pit at its No.2 reactor in Fukushima.
Fukushima nuclear power plant (Beta, file)
Russian nuclear energy expert Natalia Mironova says that Fukushima disaster is “much bigger than Chernobyl.”
The radiation in the pit was measured 1,000 millisieverts per hour, TEPCO said in a statement adding that they were planning to pour concrete into the pit to seal the crack, the Reuters reported.
"With radiation levels rising in the seawater near the plant, we have been trying to confirm the reason why, and in that context, this could be one source. We are testing samples of water from the pit and from the sea near the plant, and we cannot really say for certain until we've studied the results," Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency Deputy Director Hidehiko Nishiyama said.
Exposure to 500 millisieverts over a short period of time can increase the long-term risk of cancer.
Meanwhile the Russian nuclear energy expert has assessed that Japan's unfolding nuclear disaster is "much bigger than Chernobyl" and could rewrite the international scale used to measure the severity of atomic accidents.
"Chernobyl was a dirty bomb explosion. The next dirty bomb is Fukushima and it will cost much more" in economic and human terms, Mironova was cited by the agencies.
Mironova is a thermodynamic engineer who became a leading anti-nuclear activist in Russia in the wake of the accident at the Soviet-built reactor in Ukraine in 1986.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) called Chernobyl "the most severe in the history of the nuclear power industry" and ranked it a seven on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES), and “it had only one reactor and lasted only two weeks. We have now three weeks (at Fukushima) and we have four reactors which we know are in very dangerous situations," she warned.
IAEA says the Fukushima is ranked five on the INES scale.
March 30, 2011 | 13:34 | Source: Ria novosti | Comments: (6) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- Russia did not vote for the UNSC resolution on Libya because of its ambiguity and lack of a clear mandate for the use of force, FM Sergei Lavrov said.
March 30, 2011 | 11:37 | Source: EuroNews | Comments: (1) | Send comment
LIBYA -- Libyan rebels have been forced to make a rapid retreat from Sirte in the face of Muammar Gaddafi’s better armed and better organized troops, euronews reports.
March 28, 2011 | 09:52 | Source: VOA | Comments: (1) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- Libyan rebels have retaken several coastal towns leading to Sirte, amid bombing support by coalition warplanes, VOA reports.
March 28, 2011 | 09:50 | Source: EuroNews | Comments: (0) | Send comment
PARIS -- France’s opposition Socialist Party has taken 50 percent of the vote in council elections.
March 30, 2011 | 10:25 | Source: VOA | Comments: (3) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says the United States is at the center of efforts to build a better future for the Libyan people, but is not acting alone, VOA reports.
April 1, 2011 | 12:55 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (6) | Send comment
SARAJEVO -- Publication of U.S. cables about Bosnia-Herzegovina and other Southeast European countries will cause “Arab scenario” in the Balkans, says Julian Assange.
March 28, 2011 | 12:22 | Source: BBC | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BERLIN -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats have lost the key state of Baden-Wuerttemberg after six decades, the BBC reported.
March 29, 2011 | 15:25 | Source: Ria novosti | Comments: (0) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- Russia's NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin called on coalition forces involved in a military operation in Libya to operate strictly within the UN mandate.
March 30, 2011 | 16:44 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (1) | Send comment
KABUL -- Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai says Americans soldiers accused of killing three Afghanis committed the crime in order to "amuse themselves".
March 29, 2011 | 09:55 | Source: VOA | Comments: (1) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday night that the United States must act when its interests and values are threatened, VOA reports.
March 28, 2011 | 10:58 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- On the final day of the Brussels Forum Swedish FM Carl Bildt warned that despite the current conflict Libya is not the “center of gravity” in the region.
April 1, 2011 | 09:49 | Source: EuroNews | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- NATO is to investigate reports that up to 40 civilians were killed in a Western bombing strike near Tripoli, euronews reports.
March 29, 2011 | 11:58 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
JERUSALEM -- Israel's prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has chosen a veteran agent Yoram Cohen of the Shin Bet internal security service as the next head of the agency.
April 1, 2011 | 16:30 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
THE HAGUE -- The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has refused to hear complaints in the proceedings that Georgia launched against Russia.
March 31, 2011 | 11:23 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert support for Libyan rebels, Reuters reported on Wednesday quoting government officials.
April 1, 2011 | 11:20 | Source: Deutsche Welle | Comments: (3) | Send comment
DUBLIN -- The Irish Central Bank said the country's main lenders need an additional EUR 24bn to avoid the risk of collapse in the event of a further economic downturn.
March 31, 2011 | 14:45 | Source: VOA | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BEIJING -- Chinese President Hu Jintao has warned that coalition airstrikes on Libya could violate the spirit of the UN resolution if civilians are killed in the process.
March 29, 2011 | 10:49 | Source: IPI | Comments: (1) | Send comment
VIENNA -- Turkey has been condemned for raids staged by its police last week in search of draft copies of an unpublished book by imprisoned journalist Ahmet Sik.
March 31, 2011 | 11:25 | Source: RFE/RL | Comments: (0) | Send comment
LONDON -- Libyan FM Moussa Koussa is in Britain and says he is "no longer willing" to work for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime, RFE/RL reports.
March 31, 2011 | 15:14 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- U.S. software maker Microsoft, for years the target of antitrust complaints and monopoly accusations, now says Google engages in similar practices.
March 27, 2011 | 12:18 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
TOKYO -- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Head Yukiya Amano warned that Japan was "still far from the end of the accident" that struck Fukushima nuclear plant.
March 27, 2011 | 12:57 | Source: BBC | Comments: (7) | Send comment
TRIPOLI -- Libyan rebels have recaptured two more towns after re-taking the port of Ajdabiya from Muammar Gaddafi's forces.
April 2, 2011 | 13:57 | Source: Deutsche Welle | Comments: (7) | Send comment
TRIPOLI -- The Libyan government has said it will not accept a rebel offer of a ceasefire if its forces left all cities.
April 2, 2011 | 13:59 | Source: VOA | Comments: (1) | Send comment
KABUL -- NATO says insurgents wearing women's clothing have attacked a coalition base in Kabul, as deadly protests against the burning of a Quran in the U.S. spread.
March 27, 2011 | 13:07 | Source: VOA | Comments: (3) | Send comment
LONDON -- Masked protesters clashed with riot police and attacked stores, banks and hotels in London Saturday.
April 2, 2011 | 15:23 | Source: RFE/RL | Comments: (0) | Send comment
ABIDJAN -- There has been fierce fighting in Ivory Coast's city of Abidjan between forces of UN-recognized President Alassane Ouattara and those loyal to Laurent Gbagbo.
March 27, 2011 | 15:48 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Ex-British PM Gordon Brown warned that sovereign states “are retreating into national silos at a time when international cooperation is needed more than ever.”