Radiation impact on PH "insignificant" despite Japan nuke alert, says PNRI

(SPOT.ph) The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) said yesterday that the country remains safe from harmful radiation from Japan despite the emergency status at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant being raised from level five to seven, reports PhilStar.com.

"We want to assure Filipinos that we have nothing to worry about. The upgrading of the level from five to seven (does) not mean that there was a new accident (at the power plant) and that there are new radioactive particles being released," PNRI Deputy Director Corazon Bernido said.

On Tuesday, Japan raised the nuclear alert to level seven, the same level for the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine, reports PhilStar.com. The International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) describes level seven as a "major accident."

Bernido said in the PhilStar.com report, "INES is not an alert level like a typhoon signal or volcano alert. (It is) not intended to be used as a basis for emergency response." She added, "(The amount of radiation released by the Fukushima Daiichi plant) is still only about 10 percent of that spewed into the air when the Chernobyl reactor exploded."

According to ABS-CBN News, Bernido said the radiological and safety impact of the Fukushima Daiichi plant explosion on the Philippines "remains insignificant as it had been since the beginning." She added, "The situation in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has not changed for the worse. In fact, the situation is slowly getting better."

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