What is the difference among Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania, Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi?
There is no question of a Chernobyl situation or of anything like the same threat to human health and safety. An accident like Chernobyl cannot happen againthis is a reactor of a different generation. Even in the worst-case scenario of a total coolant failure, the radiation released will be hundreds of times less than from Chernobyl.
Considered the worst nuclear accident in the United States, Pennsylvanias Three Mile Island meltdown caused no immediate injuries or deaths (although the cleanup cost $975 million and took over 14 years to complete.). There appear to be more similarities between Fukushima and Three Mile Island than between Fukushima and Chernobyl.
According to Forbes:
TMI was a pressurized water reactor; Fukushima was a boiling water ...more