- Japanese Simulation Studies Insufficient For Nuclear Radiation Risks: Greenpeace
AsianScientist (Dec. 2, 2011) – Greenpeace this week renewed its call for the Japanese government to keep its nuclear reactors offline as simulation maps of potential accidents at Japan’s nuclear plants have not been updated since the Fukushima disaster.
Following a Greenpeace freedom of information request on November 25, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) released SPEEDI simulations of the radioactive contamination spread from all nuclear plants in Japan.
The SPEEDI maps, which stands for “System for Prediction of Environment Emergency Dose Information,” were made to support emergency preparedness drills of local and central government authorities, calculate the concentration of radioactivity in the air, contamination on the ground, and dose to the population within a range of 10 kilometers. Based on these maps, drills on evacuation or sheltering of the population, or distribution of iodine pills are organized.
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