Thyroid radiation exposure found in children near Tepco plant

August 19, 2011TOKYO – Medical tests on children living in three towns near the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant found 45 percent of those surveyed suffered low-level thyroid radiation exposure, Japan’s government said in a statement. While the statement didn’t comment on the source of the contamination, the announcement follows reports of radioactive material found in food after radiation leaks from the meltdown of three reactors at the Tokyo Electric Power Co. plant. The tests covered 1,080 children aged up to 15 in three towns, Iwaki, Kawamata and Iitate, between 38 to 47 kilometers from the reactors. The tests between March 24 and 30 showed none of the children’s thyroid glands exceeded the safety threshold of 0.2 microsievert per hour set by the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan, according to the Aug. 17 statement. At least one child had 0.1 microsievert per hour, the highest level observed, while more than half of those exposed absorbed 0.01 microsievert per hour, the statement said. Children are susceptible to poisoning from radioactive iodine, which can accumulate in the thyroid and cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization. On June 6, Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said the reactor meltdowns at the plant released about 770,000 tera becquerels of radioactive material into the air between March 11 and March 16, doubling an earlier estimate. That’s about 14 percent of the radiation emitted in the Chernobyl disaster in modern-day Ukraine. About 2 million people in Ukraine are under permanent medical monitoring 25 years after the accident, according to the nation’s embassy in Tokyo. –Bloomberg
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7 Responses to Thyroid radiation exposure found in children near Tepco plant

  1. luisport says:

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  2. luisport says:

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  3. Tina Marie says:

    This is so sad. These poor people are poisoned. I blame the Japanese Gov’t for lying for so long and not evactuating them right after they realized how bad the plant was damaged. I don’t know how much this would have helped as I don’t know the locations of the other plants in proximety to Fukashima, maybe leaving really no safer places to evactate to but the Gov’t should have done so much more, in my opinion to protect the people. God be with them as they suffer for generations to come as a result of it.

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  4. luisport says:

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    Tokyo-area soil testing finds radioactivity at Chernobyl relocation levels — At least 550,000 Bq/m² (M http://t.co/r6K34MT #Fukushima
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    Tokyo: 53 out of 56 soil samples at least 1,560 Bq/m² of radioactive cesium — Average of 30,032 B http://t.co/P57Sb6Y #Fukushima
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