NHK: 80% of residents tested have radioactive iodine in thyroid up to 87 millisieverts — “Some residents face potential health risks from the exposure” -Hirosaki Professor (VIDEO)

Published: March 9th, 2012 at 1:13 pm ET


Title: Thyroid screenings detect relatively high exposure
Source: NHK
Date: March 9, 2012

  • Experts have detected radioactive iodine in the thyroid glands of 80 percent of the people who used to live near the Fukushima nuclear plant
  • Checkups last April of 65 people who were living near the Fukushima plant
  • Found radioactive iodine in the thyroid glands of 50 of them
  • 5 had dosages of more than 50 millisieverts
  • Person with the highest dosage of 87 millisieverts stayed within 30 kilometers of the Fukushima power plant for more than 2 weeks

Some residents face potential health risks from the exposure, and they should have continue to have regular health checkups by professional researchers. -Team leader Hirosaki University Professor Shinji Tokonami

The maximum equivalent dose was 87 millisieverts, from an adult who remained in Namie-machi after the accident. The second highest was 77 millisieverts from an adult who had spent more than 2 weeks in Tsushima District of Namie-machi on his/her way to evacuate to Fukushima City. The highest dose in children was 47 millisieverts. There is no information of whereabouts of the child during the weeks in March and April. –Asahi via EX-SKF

h/t Enformable

Watch the video here

Published: March 9th, 2012 at 1:13 pm ET


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30 comments to NHK: 80% of residents tested have radioactive iodine in thyroid up to 87 millisieverts — “Some residents face potential health risks from the exposure” -Hirosaki Professor (VIDEO)

  • InfoPest InfoPest

    One Big Problem. They Still Have NOT Told Any Of Those People About Their Test Results !!!

    "NHK; reporting on the same news, says the researchers are yet to tell the residents about the test result: The researchers plans to tell the residents about the test result in the near future."

  • goathead goathead

    Epic doses!! I can see the price of lead going up!! All them coffins!!

    • ENENews

      Is this humor? Sarcasm? I'm confused. How does this add to the conversation? Anyone?

      • I'll try if I may … I think goathead was meaning these radioactive isotopes have a life that is long lived even after a conaminated human body is dust in the wind. I myself find it sad that some folks will capitalize off of the sale of lead coffins…eventually, so as not to more contaminate the bodies of those not yet dead. No offense, but when I read this comment I got a goulish pic of a used coffin salesman and did chortle unconsciously before I found my head. Eventually lead will run out or need to be recyled, as Earth is a relatively closed system. Not very funny haha on the whole, but sardonic in light of the truth. Not trying to pull a Yamashita here, but life is now the way it is and I appreciate the brevity of some here to use higher forms of humor to help us smile and try to wake the dead.

        • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

          Hi Chem.. Great to catch you…It seems I'm being socially engineered out of here…If I'm not about..soon..I'll catch up with you at Reality Check…

          • StillJill StillJill

            That's good to know Heart,….I'm a fly on the wall,…..:-)

            • Howdy Heart! Hope not! The last few days quite a row .. maybe it's just that time of year. Few words hard to come by here. Not so at RC … little mincing of words (if any … lol sorta). See you soon!

  • Lacsap Lacsap

    The radioisotope iodine-131, which has a high fission product yield, concentrates in the thyroid, and is one of the most carcinogenic of nuclear fission products.

    Iodine-131 (in the chemical form of iodide) is a component of nuclear fallout and a particularly dangerous one owing to the thyroid gland's propensity to concentrate ingested iodine, where it is kept for periods longer than this isotope's radiological half-life of eight days. For this reason, if people are expected to be exposed to a significant amount of environmental radioactive iodine (iodine-131 in fallout), they may be instructed to take non-radioactive potassium iodide tablets.

    When atoms split, the smaller remaining atoms are often radioactive. These remaining atoms make up nuclear waste and also cause the problem of decay heat. There is no known way of getting rid of these atoms, and geological storage is often suggested as means of storing them until they decays to stability. Some fission products, such as Strontium-90, Cesium-137, and Iodine-131, are readily absorbed by biological systems and are capable of causing serious health problems. When the Chernobyl disaster occurred, these three isotopes caused most of the concern.

    So they should have given residents iodide tablets, why is this not done?

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      With the on going criticality's they really should be handing out tablets. IMHO

      • Anthony Anthony

        I agree… and if they are not effective past initial time-frame perhaps they need to push to find other longer term blockers of this health menace. They have had since Chernobyl to get their shit together…the Nuke Industry owes their customers protection from their dangers.

    • Sirius

      I've seen in a documentary that those tablets must be taken 2 hours before the exposure.

      In fact, those tablets are ineffective around NPP's, unless you are a precog.

      Tablets should be distributed to people who live more than 2 hours (depending on the wind speed/direction, etc…) away from the NPP's, which means every one of us.

      • dosdos dosdos

        Remember, contamination is progressive, over time. Most of those who were exposed were ingesting the iodine over weeks' time. You might not stop all of the isotopic iodine from affecting the thyroid, but you'd stop the vast majority. Even if you don't take the pills before the first instance of exposure, they are still of great benefit to those being exposed.

  • or-well

    The following is
    1. opinion, general observations and
    2. a rhetorical question and
    3. criticism of official policy in Japan and
    4. a suggestion

    all of which are commonly found on threads here, the difference being this rhymes.

    The relentless killer, invisible, deadly,
    is hunting your children,
    who trust and love readily,
    who need your protection,
    who don't have a choice.
    Or have you rejected those with no voice?
    The pure and the innocent –
    why have you damned the smallest to suffer
    in poisoned Japan?
    Take your foul-burning debris
    and those copping the plea;
    "Who could have known?" and "It wasn't me!",
    take your faked readings and endoscopes
    and shove them where only
    proctologists grope!
    Take your leaders bowing
    and Bureaucrats fiddling,
    Professors snowing us
    and Doctors diddling,
    take the media servile
    and experts surplus
    and throw them all under the next passing bus!
    Be not passive, obedient,
    but good Mothers and Fathers,
    save your precious children
    from nuclear horrors!
    Rise up and declare
    your kids must not be victims!
    Rise up and refuse to bow
    to Nuclears' dictums!

    Please feel free to remove if the above is considered irrelevant or off-topic.

    • Misitu

      I love your stuff, or-well.

      • or-well

        Thank you, Misitu.
        I wish the inspiration for it didn't exist.
        It makes me sad.
        I'm going outside now, something I haven't done
        often enough these last months.

    • or-well,
      Would you consider publishing you poems in an EBOOK and sell on-line to benefit the affected people of Japan ?

      • or-well

        @xdrfox – good question. My thoughts. Anything I've posted here I relinquish any and all claims to copyright, ownership or attribution. It's all public domain.
        It leaves free anyone who feels it may be useful to use it.
        Realistically, practically, I can see only the most MINISCULE market for my material.
        Not saying it's junk, just not…grade A beef. I've bought things of dubious value in Charitys' name, but, as an item for stand-alone purchase, I do believe it is realistic to say my "enenews works" have very limited potential. Now couple that with this:
        the difficulty of actually getting what I believe would be tiny amounts into the hands of people in Japan, and maybe more importantly – which people?
        You see, a group that MAY appeal to one e-book buyer MAY NOT appeal to another. So the potential shrinks further!
        But – and I think this is important – doing so may inhibit any folks inclined to use it for "local" or "domestic" anti-nuke purposes.
        Thinking about this, I feel any usefulness my stuff MAY have would be reduced by purposing it so specifically, (and to VERY minimal benefit at that).
        I want it to be FREE, it's use UNRESTRICTED. I believe whatever impact – however tiny! – it MAY have outside enenews is best encouraged by saying "Here, take it."
        I believe there is, ultimately, MORE potential by doing that than there is for fund-raising.
        I do harbor hope some line, idea, or written image may inspire a visual work.
        Or performance (PoorDaddy) or be part of something like whatever AGreenRoad is up to…
        I hope anyone feels free to use anything I've done, in whole or part, or as an extension/companion/variation/inspiration for their own work.
        Thank you for the suggestion xdrfox. Y'know, I feel, perhaps fatalistically, after watching Japan this past year, that we might best help the Japanese by trying to expand consciousness locally.
        As links provided in General Discussion reveal, we are up against more than nukes.

  • Lacsap Lacsap

    There is to much coverup and denial of that i really starting to believe that the so called elite (who of course control the media) are behind this disaster to depopulate mankind. As I understand from David Icke the elite do not operate from USA but from Europa where the fallout from Fukushima is lowest (lower then US for sure). gives are clear view. Tsunami can be created with hydrogen bombs and an earthquake well it can be done somehow also.

    I also really do not understand that R3 and R4 are still open, not covered up or anything and just breathing in the open (for one year already).

  • chrisk9

    They should have monitored everyone they could have checked. It is inexpensive,and takes about 5 minutes a person. Japan is treating their population like lab rats.

  • gottagetoffthegrid

    "radioactive iodine exposure in thyroid up to 87 millisieverts"

    this value is essentially useless without the activity (measured in becquerels)in the organ.

    absorbed dose in Sv is dependent on a number of assumptions including distance from the source. it is proportional to the inverse square of the distance, actually. meaning if you half the distance to the source you quadruple the dose.

    the standard method of calculating absorbed dose is to assume the organ is 50cm to 100cm from the source. so the actual absorbed dose coud be 100 to 1000 times higher since the thyroid is only 3 to 4cm diameter.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      I agree, what is the internal dose per kilogram, usually measured in Bq? By avoiding the usual and standard way of stating radiation exposure, they avoid any responsibility, consequences as well as allowing people to take measures to protect their children and families.

      Again, this is another spin or disinformation on top of media propoganda, that there is no harm with internal low dose radiation.

      This is right out of the playbook that apologists use,

    • Very instructive comment

      So, the 40 millisieverts projected by the US DTRA (the Defense Threat Reduction Agency) as the annualized dose to the thyroid of a 1 year old California kid…

      COULD be much HIGHER for many reasons beyond this projected dose of 40 millisieverts only includes Iodine-131 (No Cesium, strontium, plutonium, etc)…

      Anyone else on the west coast getting rather worried?

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    I wonder what the thyroid levels are from much further distances.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    They are 'watching' and 'studying' the population.. They have no need to study. They should be helping and treating people. The science is already out there, confirmed multiple times in multiple studies, for all to see. Anyone saying otherwise, is either not researching this issue, or is part of the cult of deception.

    Watching kids die and/or get cancer while doing NOTHING, and KNOWING that they are dying/getting cancer, is about the same as aiding and abetting a murderer in my opinion.

    SAVE THE CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    @StillJill..It's good to know that you would join us there.

  • Holland Holland

    I am a fairly heavy user of vitamin c (ascorbic acid powder) so i always search for info regarding vitamin c. And look what I found!! Vitamin C and radiation!

    Vitamin C proven to help protect Fukushima victims from radiation poisoning, cancer