Paul Dorfman, a senior researcher at the University of Warwick, says it is difficult to work out what is actually going on at Fukushima and what the risks are.

"We know that the ground water underneath Fukushima is 10,000 times over the legal limit," Dorfman said. "Three reactors in Fukushima had 280 tons of uranium in them; one reactor had 230 kilograms of plutonium, and there is about 1,800 tons of spent fuel that is potentially at risk in Fukushima."

Dorfman also believes the Fukushima incident will not necessarily lead to the downfall of the international nuclear industry.

"It is a different story for different folks," he said. "Germany, the strongest economy in Europe, has clearly stated that it will exit from the nuclear industry by 2020. Italy says no to new building. The Ministry of Economic Affairs in Switzerland says no more new ones will be built. England, it's a bit of a choice there: there is EDF, the French company that has invested [billions] in nuclear sites in the UK, and… at present it is quite difficult to predict what may or may not happen in the UK. It is interesting to note that out of 350 planned new reactors in the world, 100 are planned for the Pacific area called "the Ring of Fire" that has caused such disasters as at Fukushima."

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