Red Cross labels Fukushima disaster “ongoing humanitarian crisis” — Physician: “Difficult to reveal what potential health effects may occur long term” — Official: “It has not ended”

Published: October 17th, 2012 at 10:34 am ET
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(Subscription Only) Title: Red Cross labels Fukushima evacuations humanitarian crisis
Source: Asahi Shimbun
Author: HIROYUKI MAEGAWA
Date: October 17, 2012

Last year’s nuclear disaster is an ongoing “humanitarian crisis,” according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), which released its World Disasters Report 2012 on Oct. 16.

The report, subtitled “Focus on forced migration and displacement,” described the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant as a technological disaster leading to the “evacuation and resettlement of affected communities.”

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While the report said the radiation exposure doses in Fukushima Prefecture are far lower than in Chernobyl, it quoted a physician as saying: “It is difficult to reveal what potential health effects may occur long term stretching into the future.”

[...] IFRC Under Secretary General Matthias Schmale told a news conference [...] the Fukushima disaster has not ended.

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18 comments to Red Cross labels Fukushima disaster “ongoing humanitarian crisis” — Physician: “Difficult to reveal what potential health effects may occur long term” — Official: “It has not ended”

  • dosdos dosdos

    "While the report said the radiation exposure doses in Fukushima Prefecture are far lower than in Chernobyl…." Don't they mean better covered up by selective profiling and denial of services? There have been plenty of indicators that the exposure doses are worse than at Chernobyl.


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    • jec jec

      Illness and sickness from Radiation poisoning will tell the truth. Its just so dreadful to have this happen..this poisoning of a large population. Radiation sickness could have been prevented by evacuation..and telling the facts….


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  • At least the red cross calls it an ongoing humanitarian crisis but no way its less of a disaster then Chernobyl. Seems everybody has been bought. Even the red cross sticks to the company line.


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  • Paiute023 Paiute023

    Red cross is a pile of vile ,old news but watch you will see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6lEJTAbIGY


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      totally agree Paiute123. I'm thinking they're smelling the sweet aroma of public donations. I'd be more inclined to sit-up, if this alarm was coming from Doctor's Without Borders…


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      • lam335 lam335

        I've been wondering where Doctors without Borders has been since 3/11/11. They send me mail asking for money and discussing their work on a regular basis, and I have NEVER seen Fukushima mentioned in ANY of their publications. This failure to acknowledge the disaster has really weakened my support for MSF (Doctors without Borders). I have been wondering whether they only respond to disasters in "developing" nations (formerly called "third world"), and simply don't consider humanitarian disasters in well-developed nations their responsibility. That's the only explanation I can come up with the lack of acknowledgement about the on-going health crisis that is Fukushima. If you know of specific action MSF has taken regarding the Japanese disaster(s), I would be interested in hearing about it. I had thought well of their mission, until they seemed AWOL after Fuku.

        I had donated to the Red Cross after Fuku because they seemed to be actively working there, but then stories came out later that some of the money donated for the Japanese crisis actually went to other purposes, which left me disillusioned too. But at least they are finally acknowledging two things: 1. the situation is a "humanitarian crisis" and 2. it is "on-going."


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    • arclight arclight

      hi pauite
      "great angst thinks alike" :)


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  • arclight arclight

    While the report said the radiation exposure doses in Fukushima Prefecture are far lower than in Chernobyl, it quoted a physician as saying: “It is difficult to reveal what potential health effects may occur long term stretching into the future.”

    “Published on Mar 13, 2012 by criirad
    This video shows radiation levels on May 29th 2011, in Fukushima city (Japan) about 60-65 km from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors.
    Measurements are made by a CRIIRAD scientist (Bruno. Chareyron, engineer in nuclear physics) during a meeting between CRIIRAD and Japanese citizens …………” see description for more

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLvoQKx9glE

    40,00 cpm for every man woman and child!!
    didnt they get the memo

    maybe these "johnny come late-lies" could get their facts straight and stop "PRing around the bush??"

    and err well done red cross/crescent for sticking you hair folicles above the parapet.. :)


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  • arclight arclight

    and to confirm just how big a problem Fukushima has been, even the chinese are having second thoughts..

    It remains unclear, however, when authorities will issue a highly
    anticipated report expected to detail China’s post-Fukushima nuclear
    development plans or when approvals might restart.

    The Environment Ministry also said there were problems involved with
    uranium mining and that monitoring radiation was a challenge, though
    it didn’t offer details.

    http://nuclear-news.net/2012/10/17/chinas-nuclear-power-program-slows-down-as-safety-problems-recognised/

    now that puts the cat amongst the pigeons.. cant wait for the report..!


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  • arclight arclight

    second link here to nuclear-news but very on topic

    in the uk, if you are poor, there is currently at least a three week wait for tech 99 (From Mo99 Chemotherapy) and the situation will get worse as the cancer incidence due to contaminants increases, as well as the population.

    australia is going to go into the Mo99 buisness even though GE gave up as it was too cost inneficient.. go figure!

    but they need to keep the nuclear money gravy train moving somehow? imo

    link to 2 articles.. see if you can make sense of it?
    the health industry has become corrupted imo:( and thats no understatement. financial goings on on recent nuclear-news threads but in a nutshell.. blame the military industrial complex and the missing pallats of cash.. know what im saying??
    300 percent increase in cancer funding and they are wasting it on flawed studies/research etc..

    "Global supply of nuclear medicine is under threat, with reactors responsible for 70 per cent of the world’s Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production due to be decommissioned in the next few years.

    Mo-99 is the base material used in scans that diagnose heart disease and a variety of cancers. Applications include for bone oncology, neurology, the kidney and gastrointestinal tract disorders. "

    "But now General Electric, the company that developed a technology for carrying it out, has quietly dropped work on the project, saying it is not commercially viable.

    cont


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  • “It is difficult to REVEAL what potential health effects…"

    reveal: 1. To make known (something concealed or secret)

    We/they KNOW the potential health consequences.
    It ranges from really horrible to unimaginable.
    No doubt!!!

    The problem is in the 'revealing' of the SECRET to those who may not be capable of handling or understanding the potential irreversible damage being done with no end in site.

    Fukushima vs Chernobyl is a diversion topic.
    This is NOT really a comparison any more in my opinion. It's another misdirection maneuver from the fact that Fukushima continues with ongoing multiple meltdowns and with no plan and no end in site. They cannot even begin to compare that FACT.


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  • The initial fallout(s)have now circled the globe over *14 times.

    Accumulating and spreading with daily ongoing emissions and with each rotation. Mixing and mingling throughout different layers of our atmosphere and oceans. Slowly, but surely, contaminating our soil, water and ultimately our food supply and all living things.

    Totals:
    19 MONTHS 6 days
    83 weeks 5 days
    586 days

    586/40(days to circle globe) = 14.65(fallout circles)

    http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=march+11+2011


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