Fukushima at ten

It has now been 10 years since the reactors in Fukushima, Japan, collapsed catastrophically three times. As Joseph Mangano of the Radiation and Public Health Project said three years ago, “Tremendous amounts of radioactive chemicals, including cesium, strontium, plutonium, and iodine, have been released into the air, and the release of the same toxins into the Pacific has never stopped since the Workers struggle to contain over 100 carcinogenic chemicals. “

There is news of the lack of health studies in Fukushima, major earthquakes (aftershocks) and typhoons rattling nerves, reactors and waste systems, novel dispersed radioactive particles, and dishonesty by corporations and governments about decontamination.

“So far, only one single disease unit in humans has been systematically examined in Fukushima: thyroid cancer,” says Dr. Alex Rosen, the German Chair for International Doctors for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Other diseases such as leukemia or malformations that are associated with increased radiation exposure have not been examined, Rosen told the German specialist journal Deutsches Ärzteblatt on March 2. (Five studies did not focus on disease but on birth disorders in most areas affected: three in infant mortality, one in underweight newborns, and one in declining birth rates 9 months after March 2011. *)

The only population disease study was screening for thyroid cancer in 380,000 local children under the age of 18. In January 2018, Thyroid magazine reported 187 cases after five years. A typical population of 380,000 children would produce 12 cases in five years, reported Joseph Mangano, director of the Radiation and Pubic Health Project. The increase in children is “exactly what would be expected if Fukushima were a factor, since radiation is the most harmful to the fetus, infant and child,” Mangano said.

Another large 7.3 magnitude earthquake occurred again off the coast of the Fukushima reactor complex on February 13. The reported 30 seconds of terror were followed by 14 aftershocks up to magnitude 5.

The quake was so severe that Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) operators and federal regulators suspect it may have additionally damaged reactors 1 and 3, where cooling water levels have plummeted, the Associated Press reported. The February 13 quake was felt in Tokyo, 150 miles away. Japan’s meteorological agency said it was an aftershock of the record quake of 2011.

At a February 15 meeting, government officials said the quake likely worsened existing earthquake damage in reactors 1 and 3 or opened new cracks that caused the cooling water level drop, the AP said.

“Since the 2011 quake was a massive 9.0 magnitude, it’s not surprising that 10 years later there will be an aftershock of this magnitude,” said Kenji Satake, professor at the University of Tokyo Earthquake Research Institute .

Excerpt: ‘Fukushima at ten: aftershocks, lies and failed decontamination’

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