” Thirty thousand people who took part in the works to liquidate the consequences of the accident at the Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant will be examined in Japan. Doctors have already examined Nineteen thousand liquidators. The data received are disappointing.
In order to precisely determine how the accident affected the people, specialists took into account information about their lifestyle. For example, they took into account whether a person smoked and what the ecology in the region of his residency was. About two thousand liquidators who received the radiation dose of over 100 millisieverts have already been detected. It is a dangerous dose, explains Maksim Shingarkin, deputy chairman of the natural resources committee at the Russian State Duma.
“If they received the total dose in the course of a year, those people definitely were exposed to excessive radiation above the established norm. They are to remain under the doctors observation for the rest of their lives. The mere fact that such levels of radiation energy are registered means that inside a person certain processes have already been set off. And it is impossible to predict when and in what form of disease this will show”.
Neither the liquidators, nor the local population have so far developed diseases directly caused by the accident. However, there is a debate regarding what caused cancer that killed Masao Yoshida, the head of the commission to estimate the size of the damage at the Fukushima power plant.
For the sake of comparison, after the Chernobyl disaster 29 people died in the course of two months. That primarily includes those who got many times the lethal dose of radiation while working on the roof of the destroyed energy unit. According to witnesses, people felt a metallic taste in their mouths, which was a sign of a very high radiation level. Other Chernobyl victims experienced a surge of diseases 5-6 years later. According to Andrey Dyomin, president of the Russian Association for Public Health, the same is to be expected in Japan.
“We cannot say that the problem would disappear in five years. The rise of morbidity will continue as the general gene pool has been damaged. Next generations will carry the burden of that catastrophe”.
The peculiarities of the Japanese national cuisine focused on fish and seafood are one of the risk factors. Of course, it is not necessarily true that all of the food will be poisoned by the radiation coming from the Fukushima spills, but the risk of getting radiation poisoning through food is rising. At the end of last year 40 km from the power plant a fish was caught, in which the level of dangerous elements exceeded the norm by a hundred times. Scientists assume that the poisoned water from the power plant was carried by the sea streams to California. How else would one explain that every blue tuna fish caught near the coast of the state has signs of radioactive poisoning, while brown kelp containing the radioactive iodine level that exceeds the norm by 200 times has been detected on the shore? According to the Bloomberg web site, this year a “squad” of radioactive jellyfish is to be expected at the US West Coast. Californians are worried. It is unclear how the situation will develop in the future, says Prof.Alexey Yablokov, an advisor at the Russian Academy of Sciences and ecologist.
“The fact that so far from the Fukushima plant fish contains radionuclides shows that our view of the circulation of radionuclides spilt into the ocean has proved to be false. Radioactivity in tuna fish has been detected on the American side of the ocean. It turns out that the Fukushima spillage affects the life of the world ocean. I see no other way out other than to establish a constant and very careful radiation control of all seafood caught in the Pacific Ocean without exception”.
According to some experts, until the reactors are dismantled, which can be done only in 20 years, the disaster is not over. Spillage of radioactive water into the sea via the ground waters is possible. It appears that one cannot expect an improvement of the ecological situation around Fukushima in the decades to come. “