Directly comparing Fukushima to Chernobyl: same intensity, but smaller area. Permanent exclusion zone.

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The bottom line here is that Fukushima and Chernobyl are comparable, and a comparison really helps underscore the differences. Smaller contaminated area.

Fukushima’s heavy containment vessels limited the spread of some dangerous isotopes, but the coastal location makes marine contamination a much bigger issue than it ever was for Chernobyl.

The latest maps suggest that there will be a permanent exclusion zone to the northwest of Fukushima, but it will likely be quite a bit smaller than the one at Chernobyl.

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