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    No one died, eh?

    Fukushima nuclear evacuation-related deaths surpass prefecture's quake, tsunami toll

    The number of Fukushima Prefecture residents who have died in connection with prolonged evacuation from areas hit by the prefecture's nuclear disaster stood at 1,605 as of Nov. 30, topping the 1,603 deaths in the prefecture caused directly by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, prefectural government data has shown.
    Now before you make the ridiculous suggestion that people should have stayed put...

    Cancer cases rise in Fukushima but experts unsure on the cause

    Fifty-nine young people from Fukushima Prefecture have either been diagnosed or suspected to have thyroid cancer but experts are still unsure if nuclear radiation is to blame for their illness. They were tested by the prefectural government along with 239,000 others at the end of September and those diagnosed were under 18 years old when the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant happened in March 2011.
    Don't get too excited about the "we can't prove it" part of the story. This has been going on since the disaster. Certain players will just deny one thing has anything to do with the other. They're paid to do so. Alternate theories for why kids in the fallout zone have much higher rates of thyroid cancer than the rest of Japan? Gee, that's a mystery. And if you're tempted to claim 59 ain't a big deal
    Compare the above number 59 cases found out of 239, 000 people tested from Fukushima with the total nationwide Japan epidemiology statistics from 1975-2008 found 5-11 people with Thyroid cancer for every 1, 000, 000 people tested.

    Those 59 are almost certainly the tip of the iceberg.

    Oh, and that cold shutdown thing... remember the plants lost all power. For days. Cold shutdown is not actually cold, it requires continuous water flow to succeed and apparently you are the last guy on the planet to find out there was no power and no water flow. They were reduced to pumping water into the buildings with firetrucks. TEPCO now admits the plumbing was improperly configured during that phase and little to none of that water actually got into the reactors.

    As for that tired old 'SPEEDI says it's all ok' meme, the readings from both Fukushima reservations went offline almost immediately and stayed offline through most of the excitement, so the public doesn't know what the peak local numbers were. Even now you might notice that two readings closest north and south of Fukushima are reading 89 nGy/h, higher than all the other readings in Japan except, of course, for Fukushima which is reading 13130 nGy/h. Do you find those numbers comforting?

    Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. --Edward Abbey

    by ricklewsive on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 08:31:20 AM PST

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