Japan doubles radiation release estimate

Tokyo – The Japanese government more than doubled its estimate Monday for the amount of radioactivity released from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station and warned it could extend the exclusion zone around the stricken plant.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said released radioactivity was believed to have totaled 770,000 terabecquerels over the period March 11 to March 16.

This was up from the 370,000 terabecquerels estimated in early April when the accident level was raised to 7, the worst level, putting it on par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine.

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  1. Has anyone any figures that shows how tourist numbers to Japan have been hit by the terrible incident?  I hope the effects on foreign income being spent by visitors to your country has not been too much.  Here in Madeira, we know only to well how unwelcome media coverage can effect the economy.

    On the 20th February 2010 a headline was flashed around the world that impacted us all here on our holiday island.

    That headline was: Madeira Floods

    Almost over night, holiday booking to our island dropped dramatically.  As a comparison, international passenger numbers through Funchal International Airport were:
    February 2009 – 81,515
    February 2010 – 73,654
    A drop of 9.6%

    March 2009 – 114,393
    March 2010 – 96,600
    A drop of 15.6%

    April 2009 – 118,112
    April 2010 – 91,026
    A drop of 23%

    Which goes to prove that a single headline can have an immediate and drastic effect.  Thankfully, international tourist numbers to Madeira Island has now recovered to previous levels. 

    I’m sure everyone here in Madeira are wishing all the inhabitants of Japan a speedy recovery from this awful event.  Our thoughts are with you all.

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