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To find out more on the implications of the nuclear emergnecy in Japan, Euronews has been speaking to Jean Mathieu Ranbach. He is from the Institute of Radioprotection and Nuclear Security.

JEAN MATHIEU RAMBACH.

From what we understand there has been an explosion of a hydrogen type, concentrated in the metal chamber above the reactor’s core. The nuclear core is intact and that is the big difference compared to Chernobyl.

EURONEWS.

So what sort of a level or risk are we looking at?

JEAN MATHIEU RAMBACH.

There is a risk of core fusion. So now we are in a cooling down phase of the core which has a very low level of nuclear activity. Whereas at Chernobyl the explosion took place when the core was fully powered.

EURONEWS.

Are we facing a disaster on a global scale?

JEAN MATHIEU RAMBACH.

We are facing a major accident on the same scale, potentially, as Chernobyl. For the moment there are still worrying factors, like the production of hydrogen, on the other hand the positive thing is that the confinement chamber is still up and running.

EURONEWS.

So we have had this explosion in one reactor but is there the possibility of the same problem with another of the reactors?

JEAN MATHIEU RAMBACH.

There is another reactor with the same problem we think but we do not have much information about it as yet, although we are trying.

EURONEWS.

Has there been any information coming from the Japonese authorities?

JEAN MATHIEU RAMBACH.

No there has not.

EURONEWS.

Do you know why?

JEAN MATHIEU RAMBACH.

No, hopefully it is because there is not a lot of information to give. More pessimistically,they could be hiding something but I do not think that that is the case.

EURONEWS.

Does stopping the four power plants risk seriously affecting the production of electricity in Japan over a long period of time?

JEAN MATHIEU RAMBACH.

Yes of course, for some years they will have difficulties.

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