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Fukushima radiation levels – danger to children

Global resources needed to combat radiation  levels,  Statesman.journal.com  by Warren Binford, Sep. 25, 2011  This month marked the half-year anniversary of the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami, and TEPCO and the Japanese government remain unable to control the nuclear emergency that continues to unfold.

Radiation levels exceed the Chernobyl disaster and now reach a level that is unknown to humans or machines. Radiation leakage from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was so high in August it exceeded the monitoring equipment’s maximum measuring capacity.

Radiation experts estimate that more than 1 million people will die from Fukushima’s radiation. According to Dr. Tatsuhiko Kodama,

, the director of Radioisotope Center at the University of Tokyo, the amount of radiation released thus far is equivalent to more than 29 “Hiroshima-type atomic bombs.”

Despite these life-threatening levels of radiation contamination, the majority of pregnant women and children in Fukushima have not been evacuated and they occupy facilities that are unsafe. Their exposure to unhealthy levels of radiation places them at higher risks of cancer and other medical conditions, including death. It is time for the international community to become more involved.

Last month, half a dozen Japanese non-governmental organizations petitioned the United Nations Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate the widespread violation of children’s rights in the Fukushima region. Fukushima prefecture is approximately the size of Connecticut with a population similar to Houston (just over 2 million residents).

Prior to the earthquake and tsunami in March, 385,940 Fukushima residents were children and teenagers. Today, these children are facing widespread discrimination that risks their lives and health….
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20110925/OPINION/109250351/Global-resources-needed-combat-radiation-levels

September 26, 2011 - Posted by | health, Japan

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