WSJ: Many in Fukushima exposed to radiation well above permitted level, new research shows — “Survey did NOT look at internal exposure”

Published: December 13th, 2011 at 10:20 am ET
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Many In Fukushima Exposed To Radiation Above Permitted Levels -Survey, Wall Street Journal by Yuka Hayashi, Dec. 13, 2011:

  • Official survey released Tuesday
  • By the Fukushima Prefecture local government
  • Looked at the cumulative external radiation exposure
  • In the four months following the March 11
  • Residents of Namie, Iitate and part of Kawamata towns
  • Towns are not the closest to the troubled plant

Breakdown

  • Survey of 1,589 residents
  • 998 residents were less than 1 millisievert
  • 549 people were within the range between 1 and 5 millisieverts
  • 38 people in the 5-10 millisievert band
  • Four residents received exposure of at least 10 millisieverts
  • Highest dose at 14.5 millisieverts

Compare [Emphasis Added]

  • Hundreds of Fukushima residents were exposed to radiation well above the level permitted for the general public
  • Confirming the accident’s broad impact on local communities

Contrast

  • No residents were exposed to radiation above levels tolerated during nuclear emergencies
  • They were well below the 20 millisievert threshold the government sets for forced evacuation of residents in nuclear emergencies

Shunichi Yamashita, vice president of Fukushima Medical University and one of the prefecture’s senior nuclear advisors

  • Latest result indicated the accident’s “impact on the health of the general public is extremely small”

Last sentence of article… though most important

The survey did not look at internal exposure–radiation taken into human body through contaminated air, water or food.

Published: December 13th, 2011 at 10:20 am ET
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