Radiation levels in Fukushima are lower than predicted – health, New Scientist, Nov. 16, 2011 (Emphasis Added):
The fallout from the radiation leak at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor in Japan may be less severe than predicted. [...]
How did the population of Fukushima prefecture dodge the radioactivity? Gerry Thomas at Imperial College London, director of the Chernobyl Tissue Bank, says the answer is simple. “Not an awful lot (of radioactive material) got out of the plant – it was not Chernobyl.” The Chernobyl nuclear disaster released 10 times as much radiation as Fukushima Daiichi. [Uses the low-end figure provided early on by Japan Gov't and Tepco; Subsequently contradicted by numerous scientific estimates]
Thomas says the quick and thorough response by the Japanese government limited radioactive exposure among the population. [...]
The Japanese authorities also removed contaminated food and gave iodine to those who were very young, she says. [...]
Radiology researcher Ikuo Kashiwakura of Hirosaki University, Japan, and colleagues [...] measure[d] radiation levels in more than 5000 people [in Fukushima] between 15 March and 20 June.
They found just 10 people with unusually high levels of radiation, but those levels were still below the threshold at which acute radiation syndrome sets in and destroys the gastrointestinal tract. Geiger-counter readings categorised all others in the area at a “no contamination level”.
More reports featuring Gerry Thomas:
- New Scientist: Japan's radioactive children will be fine, thyroid glands only emitting 35 millisieverts -- Anything under 100 millisieverts not dangerous
- "We've got to stop these sorts of reports coming out" -- Int'l conference warns that media talk of Fukushima health effects "may be harmful"
Published: November 16th, 2011 at 10:36 pm ET
- Senior Scientist: Chernobyl was nothing with potential of Fukushima right on ocean — No way to contain all this radioactive water — You can’t stop groundwater flow — Every bit of news we’re getting is radioactivity numbers are going up August 22, 2013
- NYTimes: Gov’t scientist not allowed to publish findings that Fukushima cesium-137 levels could be 10,000 times higher than after Chernobyl in Pacific surface waters — Japan researchers pressured to downplay disaster’s impact — Professors obstructed when data might cause public concern March 16, 2014
- Study finds Fukushima worse than Chernobyl on bird population — “Dramatically” elevated DNA mutation rates and extinctions — Insect life significantly reduced — Shows immediate consequence of radiation February 2, 2012
- Nuclear Consultant: Fukushima reactors released about 3 times more radioactivity than Chernobyl — Japan crisis is unprecedented in size, complexity, and consequences — Yet disaster is not over and can become much worse — Very far from being stabilized June 20, 2014
- Nuclear Expert: Melted fuel is exiting Fukushima site — Very effective way of it being dispersed to humans far away from plant — Situation is beyond man’s control — 3 or 4 times Chernobyl’s radioactivity available for release (AUDIO) September 2, 2013