Japan nuke plant radiation leak exceeds Hiroshima



Japan nuke plant radiation leak exceeds Hiroshima 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