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What has the Fukushima disaster taught us?

Friday, 25 May, 2012 - 11:00
Board 3

A great earthquake followed by tsunami hit the Pacific coast of northeast Japan in March 11, 2011 and they killed more than 15,000 in total. Worse than that in Fukushima, these two disasters destroyed and deprived nuclear power plants of their safety function and let radioactive materials spread in the air and ocean. The government declared “Nuclear Emergency Situation” according to the Act on Regulation of Nuclear Source Materials, Nuclear Fuel Materials and Reactors (Act #223, 1961). The government forced inhabitants around the plants to move elsewhere, restricted to get in the area, and started to monitor radioactivity. The effect of this nuclear accident, although it is one of the worst in the history, differs from atomic bomb like Hiroshima. There was some radiation sickness among the workers and one of them suffered acute myocardial infarction but there is no acute radiation death so far as searched. On the other hand, not a few people lost their lives among the elderly or the disabled during evacuation or in new and unfamiliar environment. Unusual, insufficient medical service might be contributory to their death. Radioactivity of farm products and marine products of Fukushima and surrounding area is routinely measured to prevent inside exposure. I conclude that radioactivity rarely kills man if it is under control but may kill man slowly and silently with a long span and that radioactivity kills community.
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General Critical Care

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