Title: Fukushima nuclear disaster poses no immediate health risks: UN experts
Date: Jun 1, 2013
Fukushima nuclear disaster poses no immediate health risks: UN experts
The Fukushima nuclear disaster has not caused any immediate health risks, UN experts reported in Vienna on Friday as part of their interim investigation results.
Whether a discovered increase in the instances of thyroid cancer amongst children could be due to radioactivity or more and improved studies could not be determined, said United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) Chair Wolfgang Weiss, according to UN Information Service Vienna.
It is however assumed that children are more susceptible to radiation and particularly to leukemia, thyroid, brain, and skin-related cancer types. [...]
Weiss said further investigations would be necessary, with a final UNSCEAR report to be completed by summer.
See also: “When you hear ‘no immediate danger‘ [from nuclear radiation] then you should run away as far and as fast as you can.” -Alexey Yablokov, member of the Russian academy of sciences and adviser to President Gorbachev at the time of Chernobyl
Published: June 1st, 2013 at 11:16 am ET