CMAJ: Public health fallout from Japanese quake, Canadian Medical Association Journal, DOI:10.1503/cmaj.109-4083, Dec. 21, 2011 :
[... S]ome experts are calling for evacuation of people from a wider area, which they say is contaminated with radioactive fallout. [...]
Following the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant [...] clear targets were set so that anybody anticipated to receive more than five millisieverts in a year were evacuated, no question [...]
Were Japan to impose similar strictures, officials would have to evacuate some 1800 square kilometres and impose restrictions on food produced in another 11 100 square kilometres, according to estimates of the contamination presented by Dr. Kozo Tatara for the Japan Public Health Association at the American Public Health Association’s 139th annual meeting and exposition in November in Washington, District of Columbia.
“It’s very difficult to persuade people that the level [of exposure set by the government] is okay,” Tatara told delegates to the meeting. He declined requests for an interview. [...]
Published: December 21st, 2011 at 4:19 pm ET