is around 60 per cent of the amount released from Chernobyl. New Scientist,March 24The concerns about spent fuel rods and cooling polls in the reactor have materialized.The Chernobyl event was more discrete and identifiable with a major explosion butdamaged reactors at Fukushima are toxic nonetheless. The Austrian scientists point outthat Chernobyl had 180 tons of nuclear on hand while Fukushima has nearly ten timesthat amount at 1700 tons."When the fuel is damaged there is no reason for the volatile elements not toescape," and the measured caesium and iodine are in the right ratios for the fuelused by the Fukushima Daiichi reactors. Also, the Fukushima plant has around1760 tonnes of fresh and used nuclear fuel on site,and an unknown amount hasbeen damaged. The Chernobyl reactor had only 180 tonnes. New Scientist, March24In his interview on the 22nd, Takashi was blunt about the health risks. He distinguishedbetween radiation in the atmosphere and radioactive particles carried in the atmosphere,then ingested into the body.
So making comparisons with X-rays and CT scans has no meaning. Becauseyou can breathe in radioactive material.
That’s right. When it enters your body, there’s no telling where it will go.The biggest danger is women, especially pregnant women, and little children.Now they’re talking about iodine and cesium, but that’s only part of it, they’re notusing the proper detection instruments. What they call monitoring means onlymeasuring the amount of radiation in the air. Their instruments don’t eat. Whatthey measure has no connection with the amount of radioactive material.
So damage from radioactive rays and damage from radioactive material arenot the same.
: If you ask, are any radioactive rays from the Fukushima Nuclear Stationhere in this studio, the answer will be no. But radioactive particles are carried hereby the air. When the core begins to melt down, elements inside like iodine turn togas. It rises to the top, so if there is any crevice it escapes outside. HirosheTakashi, CounterPunch, March 22The Austrian Institute scientists also pointed out that the spread of radioactive isotopesfrom Chernobyl are still causing thyroid cancer today:While in the body the isotopes' radioactive emissions can do significant damage,mainly to DNA. Children who ingest iodine-131 can develop thyroid cancer 10 or more years later; adults seem relatively resistant.A study published in the US lastweek found that iodine-131 from Chernobyl is still causing new cases of thyroidcancer to appear at an undiminished rate in the most heavily affected regions of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. New Scientist, March 24