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The disaster level may be same as Chernobyl but Fukushima is not going to be that bad. For one thing, it didn't explode and scatter unsafe level of radiation all over 20+km of area like Chernobyl. The residents around the reactor had a month to evacuate so very few would be exposed to high level of radiation.

Plus better safe guard. Chernobyl didn't have anything resembling containment, and many of the men who fought the initial fire were unprotected. Fukushima's was more of a slow leak and cracks rather than an outright explosion.
    
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Basically, from what I can tell - because there was no pretty explosion for people to ooh-and-ahh over, nobody cares.
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Basically, from what I can tell - because there was no pretty explosion for people to ooh-and-ahh over, nobody cares.
When American's sushi starts having 3 eyes and can walk on land...Trust me, they'll start caring.
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Basically, from what I can tell - because there was no pretty explosion for people to ooh-and-ahh over, nobody cares.
And it's sad that we have come to this, but we all know this already.

Besides this nuclear crisis, is Japan safe on earthquakes atleast?
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I like how everyone downplays this like it's no big deal and it won't affect us in any way.
Just because some of us are not spreading doomsday prophecies and going ape$hit crazy over this matter, doesn't mean we don't recognize its seriousness. Though we will grow no additional arms or legs, such an incident will surely affect us all, an example being the nuclear debate. Oh, and inb4 "nuclear rocks" vs "nuclear sucks"; a few such discussions are already present in this thread, several dozen pages back.


Some more info for dear mr. finalturismo:
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They noted that the amount of radioactive particles emitted from the Fukushima plant is so far about 10 percent of that from the former Soviet nuclear plant.

However, Junichiro Matsumoto, a senior official of the utility's nuclear power section, said the total radiation from the Japanese plant could eventually be more than that from Chernobyl if leaks continue.
^ Kyodo

As you can see, the potential is there, but the current radiation release is 1/10th that of 'nobyl.
Thus I repeat my question: this is wose than chernobyl... exactly how?

P.S. Another interesting piece of info is that the level at each reactor separately is still rated 5; it's the situation as a whole that's a level 7.
Edited by Hyoketsu - 4/12/11 at 7:14am
     
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...73B0O320110412
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(Reuters) - Japan's economics minister warned on Tuesday that the economic damage from last month's earthquake and tsunami is likely to be worse than initially thought as power shortages will crimp factory output and restrict supply chains.

The Bank of Japan governor said the economy was in a "severe state," while central bankers were uncertain when efforts to rebuild the tsunami-ravaged northeast would boost growth, according to minutes from a meeting held three days after a record earthquake struck Japan on March 11.

The government estimates the material damage alone could top $300 billion, making it by far the world's costliest natural disaster.
Factory output down means their economy will have a hard time recovering. Computer prices will also rise because of a shortage of supplies. Hard drive and Motherboard prices will be extremely expensive.

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http://www.maximumpc.com/article/har..._prices_go_too
Earlier this week we reported that motherboard prices could go up in the second half of 2011 due to component shortages. If that happens, it would be the second time this year that mobo prices increased. Unfortunately, the price hikes don't stop there. Now we're learning that hard drives could cost more as the year goes on, too.

According to DigiTimes, a shortage of controller chips for motors used in hard drives could cause the price of OEM units to jump by 5-10 percent in the second quarter. DigiTimes says that channel pricing has already gone up by 10-15 percent recently.

As with most of the recent shortages and disruptions in supply, this one is also a result of the earthquake in Japan. The earthquake damaged three wafer plants belonging to Texas Instruments, and shipments aren't expected to resume until September. TI is one of the major suppliers of HDD motors to a number of hard drive makers, including Western Digital and Seagate, DigiTimes says.
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I don't know why such a big deal is being made over such a small country.
If the mass death and destruction of people's lives wasn't enough for you to care, maybe you'll care about not being able to buy more gadgets at cheap prices.
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 4/12/11 at 9:46am
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Just because some of us are not spreading doomsday prophecies and going ape$hit crazy over this matter, doesn't mean we don't recognize its seriousness. Though we will grow no additional arms or legs, such an incident will surely affect us all, an example being the nuclear debate. Oh, and inb4 "nuclear rocks" vs "nuclear sucks"; a few such discussions are already present in this thread, several dozen pages back.
I just meant in general, people don't even know or care what is going on over there. Sure, there are people obviously that do know. And sure, there are the crackpots. But try having a discussion about anything related to this with just a random person, and see what they have to say. Chances are, not a lot. I'm not trying to "compare this to Chernobyl", or anything like that. Just making an observation on the general lack of interest in this, period.
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A Sev7 situation does not mean it should be like or worse Chernobyl, it just means it's worse than a Sev6...
Most people are worried about radiation found all over the world, but they forget that we are exposed to radiation every day of our lives, it's part of us living on Earth.

Small radiation is not going to affect America/Europe, maybe something will happen with Japan itself and the fish, but that is about it.
The actual consequences are that the country is devastated and because they are making a lot of our products we will need to pay more for them and live without them.
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I just meant in general, people don't even know or care what is going on over there. Sure, there are people obviously that do know. And sure, there are the crackpots. But try having a discussion about anything related to this with just a random person, and see what they have to say. Chances are, not a lot. I'm not trying to "compare this to Chernobyl", or anything like that. Just making an observation on the general lack of interest in this, period.
I think those experiences have more to do with how us Americans typically view the rest of the world as unimportant. Anything beyond the vast oceans that separate us tends to not be treated with much importance. We only care about ourselves. Only once prices start jumping up and affect their buying power people might start paying more attention.
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http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEM9PL6UPLG....html#subhead2

Something else to think about.
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