Tuesday, January 3, 2012

U.S. excess deaths linked to Fukushima

UPI.com - WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- An estimated 14,000 excess U.S. deaths may be linked to the radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, two researchers say.

Study authors epidemiologist Joseph Mangano, executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project, and Dr. Janette Sherman, an adjunct professor at Western Michigan University, said six days after the nuclear reactor meltdowns struck four reactors at Fukushima March 11, scientists detected the plume of toxic fallout had arrived over American shores.

...Mangano said the normal level of Iodine-131 in U.S. precipitation was about 2 picocuries Iodine-131 per liter of water, but the highest detected levels of Iodine-131 in precipitation were: Boise, Idaho, 390; Kansas City, 200; Salt Lake City, 190; Jacksonville, Fla., 150; Olympia, Wash., 125; and Boston, 92.

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1 comment:

  1. Its the usual battle between parties who use science (or "science") to promote, or debunk an agenda: the two parties in this case are those who publicize the dangers of nuclear technology, versus those who have a vested interest in developing it.

    I recently came across these atmpospheric simulations, produced an American independent organization, that indicate TEPCO vastly under-reported radionuclide emissions from the Fukushima Plant.



    I’ve suspected for some time that the publicly released emissions data had been manipulated - If the models are correct I suppose this re enforces my hunch. Is there anyone here that can help us explain the implications of this model?


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