Nuclear experts from UN start assessment of the radiation released at Fukushima

Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Nuclear scientists from the United Nations are to launch a two year-long investigation into the effects of the radiation released at Fukushima.

 The Japanese nuclear power plant was damaged in March when it was hit by an earthquake and tsunami.

 The UN Scientific Committee on the effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), which is made up of scientists from 21 countries, expects to have preliminary findings in May of next year.

 Michael Crick, the secretary of UNSCEAR, says the committee has also been monitoring the effects of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl 25 years ago.

"We can look at what happened at Chernobyl, as a sort of a measure. We saw contamination at Chernobyl, which was essentially the same two critical nuclei – radioiodine and radiocesium. So we have a lot of lessons that we can take from Cherobyl."

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