Japan tragedy revives nuclear power debate

Print version
March 18, 2011, 12:53 a.m. | Ukraine — by Peter Byrne

Many plans are now under review or being suspended in the wake of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex in Japan, the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that threatens the plant’s reactors with a radioactive meltdown.
© Agence France-Presse

As Japan struggles to contain the worst nuclear power disaster since Ukraine’s Chornobyl in 1986, debate over the safety of the energy source is flaring again.
Announcement To Readers

Since 1995, the Kyiv Post has been the world's window on Ukraine. Please support the newspaper’s quality, independent journalism with a digital subscription. Subscribers receive unlimited access to all stories, archives and PDFs from the Kyiv Post's staff writers and news services.
More info.

12 months
1 month
$50.00Pay $20.00Pay
The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively debate. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. If you think that a posted comment violates these standards, please flag it and alert us. We will take steps to block violators.
Anonymous March 18, 2011, 10:14 p.m.    

Japan decide to use nuclear power despite their experience with nuclear genocide in Hiroshima and Nagasaki unleashed upon them by the USA, what was far worse than Chernobyl.

Because despite the risks the nuclear power is still the most clean and reliable source of energy.

Chernobyl accident is a children game compared to the direct nuclear attack Japan lived through and the levels of radiation from the Chernobyl accident were not much higher than the levels of radiation in the 60's when both the US and the USSR conducted multiple nuclear bomb tests in the atmosphere.

There is nothing exclusive about Chernobyl besides the fact that the accident was caused by xoxol stupidity and illiteracy, so the conclusion should be - xoxol don't play with toys you don't understand.

Key facts on Chernobyl nuclear accident

Yesterday at 15:08 | Reuters

Unlike the nuclear crisis in Japan which was caused by a natural disaster, the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl power plant on April 26, 1986 - the world's worst nuclear accident -- was caused by human error.

Facility operators, in violation of safety regulations, had switched off important control systems at the Ukrainian plant's reactor number four and allowed it to reach unstable, low-power conditions, according to a United Nations report.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous March 20, 2011, 11:52 a.m.    

You have been posting your idiotic comments on almost every story. What is your obsession with Ukraine? It's obvious that you're russian, so why are you so obsessed with Ukrainian news? Typical russian, think you're so great when you know that UKRAINE IS THE BEST! That's why you can't help but read and comment on every story. It eats at you, that Ukraine is more loved than russia.

{# <-- parent id goes here


© 1995–2014 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.