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Wu Xiaoqing, vice-environment minister, said that 50 sources of hazardous radioactivity have been discovered so far in quake-affected areas. He did not elaborate on the total number of radioactive sources in these regions.
"The situation is under control, and there have been no signs of radioactive leaks," Wu said at another briefing.
"Thirty-five of the radiation sources have been recovered, and the locations of another 15 have been confirmed."
Three of the 15 sources were buried under rubble, while the other 12 were in buildings still too dangerous for technicians to enter, he said.
"We have asked the local government to inform us when they clean up the rubble."
Wu also said all nuclear facilities in Sichuan had undergone "careful monitoring and inspection".
Originally posted by PokeyJoe
Like ive already said a few times in this thread, it was 100 percent absolutely NOT A NUCLEAR EVENT! I can't say any more on how I know that, but you're just gonna have to take my word for it.
Originally posted by Dan Tanna
I'll find out the link to an article where the Chinese asked the Americans to send over there 'radiation detecting' aircraft and / or satellites.
Reports of a huge ligting of the ground and then a sudden collapse tends to lean towards an underground nuclear accident / accidental device detonation.
Originally posted by budski
reply to post by vox2442
You have obviously taken a lot of time and effort to write those 2 posts, the main focus of which is that the websites are anti-chinese and are engaged in anti-chinese propaganda.
Would you care to share with us your reasons for your assertion that the sites in question are well known for their anti-chinese propaganda?
Would you also like to provide us with expert seismological evidence that says that an earthquake could not be confused with a nuclear detonation and/or accident if the 2 events happened closely enough together?
You see my problem goes along with the old saying: "methinks the man doth protest too much" and I find myself wondering why, especially in the light of your baseless accusations of anti-chinese propaganda.
Originally posted by billybob
"IGNORE the raditation, because it was not a nuclear detonation! therefore it WAS a NATURAL quake! just remember to IGNORE the radiation!"
An official at a French nuclear watchdog who has seen reports from the Chinese nuclear safety agency said materials found in the rubble appeared to come from hospitals, factories or laboratories and were not for used for making nuclear fuel or weapons.
"It doesn't shock me that there would be radioactive items found," particularly hospital equipment, said Thierry Charles, director of plant safety at the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety.
An unknown number of hospitals were damaged or destroyed in the earthquake. The Sichuan province health department listed 489 major hospitals in areas that were hardest hit.
Originally posted by Witness2008
Hey Ichi..do you go to bed at night and think back on the things you read here and find yourself laughing yourself to sleep?