In a rare interview on the eve of the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl on Monday, Col-Gen Nikolai Antoshkin said he was shocked at how poorly Japan had coped with its own nuclear disaster.
\”Look at advanced Japan,\” he said. \”People are housed in stadiums and are lying about on the floors of sports halls in unhygienic conditions.\”
\”Right at the start when there was not yet a big leak of radiation they (the Japanese) wasted time.
The Soviets had evacuated 44,600 people within two and a half hours and put them up in \”normal comfortable conditions\” on the same day, he recalled.
And then they acted in slow-motion,\” he said.
They\’ve just had an earthquake and a tsunami you gibbering loon!
There are no \”normal, comfortable conditions\”! It\’s only the big buildings that survivied: for Japanese earthquake building codes are in fat that houses should be light, so that when they fall over on people they don\’t kill them. It\’s actually how they design the damn place!
\”I think the Japanese catastrophe is already more serious than Chernobyl. The main thing is that they do not allow it to become three, four or five times more serious.\”
Well, yes, that\’s true, the earthquake and tsunami are indeed more serious than Chernobyl. 20 odd thousand dead as opposed to the few hundred from Chernobyl for example.
The nuclear problems, no, not so much. But, and here\’s a prediction, I bet you that someone will pick up on this comment and scream that Fukushima, rather than the total situation, is now at risk of being 5 times worse than Chernobyl.