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"Radioactive fallout would not reach Sweden"

Published lördag 12 mars 2011 kl 15.26
Leif Moberg. Forskningschef på Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten. Foto: Bosse Alenius.

Radioactive fallout from a possible meltdown in a nuclear power plant in Japan would not affect people in Sweden, according to Leif Moberg, head of research at the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority.

At Saturday afternoon, Moberg was answering questions online posed by the public on the Swedish Radio News website.

Many questions concerned how far the radio active emissions would go and the safety for people here in Sweden. Moberg stressed that still a lot is unknown about the situation at the power plants in Japan. But one thing the was certain about: there is no need for people in Sweden to worry about a fallout here. "At very specific weather conditions, we could, with our very sensitive instruments, measure very low levels of certain radio active substances," he told in one answer.

There were also questions from Swedes currently in Japan. "Jonas" asked: "If there really is a meltdown, what would it mean to me right now in Tokyo, only 230 kilometres away?". Moberg replied: "It completely depends on whether there are any emissions and how much will get out, if it is blowing towards Tokyo and if it rains as the radioactive cloud passes Tokyo. In other words, it is difficult to answer based on the information we have now".

Other questions were more in detail about what could have happened at the Fukushima-plant. The signature "Ellen Norrman" asked how it can be allowed to build a nuclear power plant close to a known earthquake area. Leif Moberg says that it is up to the Japanese to decide, but that they have taken a number of precautions when building the plants in order to respond to an earthquake. He does note, however, that the debate about the risks of building nuclear plants in these areas comes and goes.

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