The Russians and Fukushima

For obvious reasons the Russians are fascinated with what’s going on at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The big difference between Chernobyl and Fukushima is that Fukushima has thousands of tons of nuclear waste stored on site. Thus, in the event of further explosions the spread of radioactivity might be far worse than Chernobyl.

But it’s all under control, isn’t it? No, it’s not, far from it; and today the Japanese have announced that they are releasing ten thousand tons of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean, to make way for even more highly radioactive water in their containment tanks.

Whilst this has made headlines in the western media, it hasn’t been top of the page, and comment about it has been muted. Outside of Japan, the only media organisations who have given Fukushima the coverage it deserves have been Al Jazeera and Russia Today. Russia Today is an English language 24 hour news station based in Moscow. Here’s one of their reports from today about the radioactive water being released into the ocean…

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