Japan: Fukushima Exposure
Underrated, Outcome Obscure
Fukushima Power Plant
EMF Protection Devices
Magnetic Field Detector
October 29, 2011
consequences of the Fukushima disaster will be emerging for
at least several decades. According to the Japanese
government, it will take up to 30 years for the complete
clean up of the radiation released from the reactors.
Japan aims to
reduce radiation by half over the next two years. To do so,
it may have to remove and dispose of massive amounts of
radioactive soil, possibly enough to fill 23 baseball
stadiums, reports Reuters.
the areas inside the evacuation zone will have to remain
uninhabited throughout the years of contamination. All
collected soil and other waste will be stored in the
Fukushima Prefecture, in an “interim facility” with an
estimated capacity of up to 28 million cubic meters.
official information, some reports suggest the Japanese
government is seriously downplaying the real amount of
radioactive substances that leaked from Fukushima.
Radioactive emissions from the crippled nuclear power plant
may be five times higher than the numbers released by the
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics journal published a report
that suggests the figures of radiation released into the
atmosphere could be underestimated by almost 80 per cent.
The report says only 19 per cent of radioactive cesium-137
fell on Japanese soil, while the remaining amount ended up
in the Pacific Ocean. Only some two per cent of cesium is
believed to have reached foreign lands.
The author of
the report, Andreas Stohl, says that the Japanese government
was only using the data that came from Japan for their
estimations and missed the cesium that got into the ocean,
while Stohl and his team used measurement data from several
dozen stations in Japan, North America and other regions.
suggests that some 36,000 terabecquerels of cancer-causing
cesium were released from the reactors, which amounts to 42
per cent of the total release from the Chernobyl disaster.
interview with the Associated Press, Stohl said that
estimates are very imprecise, that even 50 percent
divergence should not be considered a major difference.
Moreover, Stohl’s report is not complete and it has to be
reviewed by the field experts before it is accepted as a
formal publication, so the numbers may vary.
of the consequences is also hindered by poorly-developed
methods of extensive radiation measurement. So far no one
can tell the exact number of people who received dangerous
doses of radiation or draw a prediction of how many of them
will be affected by cancer in the long-run.
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was heavily damaged by
the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, which resulted in a
reactor meltdown and the release of radioactive material.
Since then, the authorities have struggled to contain the
crisis, with pledges being given in the summer, that it will
be resolved by the end of this year.