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  1. The Japanese government have warned of a grave nuclear incident on a number of occasions.

  2. The status of the reactors, fuel pools and dispersion of radioactive materials continues to get worse, not better.

  3. There are perhaps 7 or 8 reactor loads of fuel in play compared with a single load at Chernobyl and 4 or 5 of those are outside of containment in badly damaged spent fuel pools.

  4. This report suggests that daily release of radioactive 131I and 137Cs is running at around 73% and 60% of Chernobyl respectively.

  5. The Chernobyl fire burned for 8 to 10 days whilst Fukushima Dai-ichi has been emitting radioactive material for around 15 days with no end in sight.

  6. There is a 30 km exclusion zone in place and thousands of residents have become refugees with little prospect of returning home in the near future.
by das monde on Thu Mar 31st, 2011 at 11:48:00 PM EST
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