Japan nuke plant radiation leak exceeds Hiroshima

Last Updated: Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 00:48

Tokyo: Japan`s nuclear agency says the amount
of radioactive cesium leaked from a tsunami-hit nuclear plant
is about equal to 168 of the atomic bombs dropped on
Hiroshima.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) says the
estimate released today was requested by a parliamentary
panel.

But it said a simple comparison between an instantaneous
bomb blast and long-term accidental leak is impossible.

Tokyo: Japan`s nuclear agency says the amount
of radioactive cesium leaked from a tsunami-hit nuclear plant
is about equal to 168 of the atomic bombs dropped on
Hiroshima.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) says the
estimate released today was requested by a parliamentary
panel.

But it said a simple comparison between an instantaneous
bomb blast and long-term accidental leak is impossible.

NISA has said the radiation leaked from Fukushima was
about one-sixth of what the Chernobyl disaster released in
1986.

"Little Boy" was dropped on the Japanese city at the end
of World War II.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 00:48

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