Fukushima Nuclear Plant 360 Degree News Report
The following link is a 360 degree, panorama virtual tour and report of Fukushima’s nuclear plant and facility, produced by NHK, one of Japan’s premier news channel. Simply go to the below link, and click on the central icon to start the tour.
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster In 2011
In 2011, Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster caused by Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, A nuclear emergency was declared by the government of Japan on 11 March. Later Prime Minister Naoto Kan issued instructions that people within a 20 km zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant must leave, and urged that those living between 20 km and 30 km from the site to stay indoors.
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Japanese authorities admitted that lax standards and poor oversight contributed to the nuclear disaster. The government came under fire for their handling of the emergency, including the slow release of data on areas which were likely to be exposed to the radioactive plume from the reactor, as well as the severity of the disaster. The accident is the second biggest nuclear accident after the Chernobyl disaster, but is more complicated as three reactors suffered at least partial meltdowns.
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In 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) indicated that the residents of the area who were evacuated were exposed to low amounts of radiation and that radiation induced health impacts are likely to be low. In particular, the 2013 WHO report predicts that for evacuated infant girls, their 0.75% pre-accident lifetime risk of developing thyroid cancer is calculated to be increased to 1.25% by being exposed to radioiodine, with the increase being slightly less for males.
While the risks from a number of additional Radiation-induced cancers are also expected to be elevated due to exposure caused by the other low boiling point fission products that were released by the safety failures. The single greatest increase is for thyroid cancer, but in total, an overall 1% higher lifetime risk of developing cancers of all types, is predicted for infant females, with the risk slightly lower for males, making both some of the most radiation-sensitive goups. Along with those within the womb, which the WHO predicted, depending on their gender, to have the same elevations in risk as the infant groups.
Fukushima disaster is not forgotten, although the disaster caused zero fatality, it had polluted and devastated the environment, the ocean water and its rich ecosystem in particular. Countries around the world had rejected goods and refused to import product from Fukushima and surrounding region for the past few years. Do we really need nuclear to power our lives? Everyone shall give that a thought.