The International Atomic Energy Agency has refuted claims that raising Japan’s nuclear severity level to seven indicated a worsening threat to public health.
It said that although the Fukushima crisis had been given the same rating as Chernobyl, the world’s worst nuclear disaster, there the similarities ended.
IAEA Deputy Director General Denis Flory explained:
“The mechanics of the accidents are totally different. One happened when the reactor was at power and the reactor containment exploded. In Fukushima, the reactor was stopped, and the containment, even if it may be somehow leaking today, and we do not know, the containment is (still) here.”
Earlier, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary tasted locally grown vegetables to allay consumer fears about supplies on supermarket shelves.
“The analytical results for all the samples of various vegetables, fruit, various meat, seafood and processed raw milk in eight prefectures indicated that iodine 131, caesium 134 and caesium 137 were either not detected or were below the regulation values set by the Japanese authorities,” added Denis Flory.
And there was further positive news when Japan’s automobile parts factories decided to resume production for the first time since closing down following the March 11 earthquake.