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Fukushima Daiichi and Chernobyl comparison

Three of the six nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan have partially melted down and highly toxic plutonium is seeping into the soil outside. According to Businessweek, “When plutonium decays, it emits what is known as an alpha particle. … When an alpha particle hits body tissue, it can damage the DNA of a cell and lead to a cancer-causing mutation.”

Richard Lahey, who was head of safety research for boiling-water reactors at General Electric when the company installed the units at Fukushima, told the Guardian that workers at the site appeared to have “lost the race” to save the reactor…”

The Japanese government’s chief spokesman, Yukio Edano, issued a public statement admitting that the situation at Fukushima is progressively getting worse with no end in sight. “We are not yet in a situation where we can say when we will have this under control,” said Edano. In other words, the emergency effort is failing.

News anchors assure their viewers that they are only being exposed to “safe levels of radioactivity”, but people aren’t buying it. They’ve seen the comparisons to Chernobyl and made their own judgments.

Here’s an excerpt from an article in Counterpunch concerning the human costs of the meltdown at Chernobyl: “The health effects of the Chernobyl accident are massive and demonstrable. They have been studied by many research groups in Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine, in the USA, Greece, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Japan. … The result: more than a million people have died between 1986 and 2004 as a direct result of Chernobyl.”

One million dead, that’s the bottom line. And, according to the author of the Counterpunch article, “we can already calculate that the contamination (at Fukushima) is actually worse than Chernobyl. Based on the official International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) numbers … we can expect between 22% and 90% increases in cancer in people living in these places in the next 10 years.”

[Excerpt of article by Mike Whitney]


One Response to “Fukushima Daiichi and Chernobyl comparison”

  1. […] to a report from the New York Academy of Sciences, due to the Chernobyl disaster, 985,000 people have died, mainly from cancer, between […]

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