Skip to comments.Japan:Gov't may expand scope of evacuation order in Fukushima(too late)
Posted on 06/06/2011 6:27:34 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Gov't may expand scope of evacuation order in Fukushima
Tuesday 07th June, 06:22 AM JST
The government is considering expanding the scope of its evacuation order to include people from certain spots that are emitting high levels of radiation as a result of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in March, government officials said Monday.
The government will be discussing with municipalities these so-called hot spots suffering from radiation exposure that would exceed the yardstick of 20 millisieverts during the course of a year.
A hot spot refers to an area that has a high level of radiation following rain or as a result of landscape or wind conditions that affect the direction in which radioactive materials travel after being released into the air.
Normally, radiation spreads concentrically but under such conditions, radioactive materials spread randomly to various spots.
(Excerpt) Read more at japantoday.com ...
So sad for so many many people in the area, shaking head sadly. They’ve put sooo many at risk unnecessarily.
And if you think or say differently Karl Denninger chief physicist of the net will ban you.
Quantify the costs of this delay?
Another 80k early deaths, several hundred thousand stricken by radiation diseases, reduced overall population fertility, multiple generations of reduced fertility and increased birth defects? More or less?
A huge swath of Japan is no longer arable, how is the country going to feed itself going forward?
That area was already a rust belt with a very high median age, the survivors are the descendants of a distinguishable independent culture and nation in the region, and the local culture will be washed away as evacuee refugees and disperse within my lifetime.
Isn’t that the truth. It’s too bad NukeEngineer has been so quiet lately in this regard. Probably doesn’t want to get banned for voicing a differing opinion than Karl’s.
Wonder where PaEngineer is..?? I mean geesh, when it happened he/she was all over freerepublic arguing how it wasn’t a danger at all, among others.....
(well except for 3 melted down nuclear plants)
according to this site, 20 millisevierts a year is the exposure they allow airline workers, over a 5-year period, with 50 milliseverts in the worst year.
A pregnant woman flying 100 hours between the U.S. and Britain would exceed the recommended yearly dose for a fetus.
“The limit for radiation workers in the United States is 50 millisieverts per year, but we try to keep them to less than 5 millisieverts per year.”
From that same article:
“For work involving recovery and restoration in an emergency operation, the International Commission on Radiological Protection recommends no more than 50 millisieverts in any given year.”
Airline travel (exposure to external sources of radiation) does not compare with living in contaminated regions where you are likely to inhale and ingest radioactive isotopes in addition to receiving external exposure. Internal (ingestion, inhalation) is much more damaging and supplies a continuing dose from particles lodged in body tissues.
FWIW, I found a study of airline stewards that found 30% higher levels of breast cancer and about twice as much skin cancer for those attendants flying for several years and accumulating higher doses. http://kuneman.smokersclub.com/PDF/58000flightattendants.pdf
From the study, it’s not clear how other contaminants, say, dry cleaning of airline uniforms or exposure to cabin smoke (when smoking was still allowed in flight)or exposure to jet exhaust on the tarmac contributed to these rates. Also - sleep disruption resulting from red eye flight schedules could also contribute to breast cancer rates. But the data is in keeping with the general idea that higher doses of radiation result in higher rates of cancer - even if not at the rates of ‘twice the skin cancer rate’ or ‘30% higher breast cancer rate’.