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One Year After Fukushima: Defining and Classifying a Disaster by Lucas W. Hickson

Fukushima Protest 2012

One Year After Fukushima: Defining and Classifying a Disaster

This coming week will mark the first anniversary of Fukushima’s multiple meltdown nuclear disaster. There is little data on how badly contaminated the now-abandoned area of forced evacuation is in the 20-kilometer (12-mile) zone around the Fukushima plant. The mainstream media has already begun trotting out assorted “experts” to assure anyone who might be still interested in Fukushima that  all is well and no one’s been harmed by all the radiation the reactors released.
There's no getting past the fact that the nuclear accident dumped radioactive particles into the atmosphere, soil and sea, which is a serious concern for the Japanese, who consume about 9 million tons of seafood a year, second behind China.  Those poisons “rained out,” creating hot spots over the Northern Hemisphere.  Radioactive material can get into water from steam or smoke which is carried by wind, rain or other precipitation onto land, surface reservoirs or the ocean. It could also be discharged directly into the ocean or leak onto land and eventually seep into groundwater.  There are still traces of Cesium lingering from nuclear weapons tests in the Pacific in the 1950s and 1960s.
“The Japanese people no longer trust the nuclear industry and the government. People do not know whether their food and their land is safe,"
Kim Kearfott, an expert on radiation health risks at the University of Michigan, who toured Japan in 2011.
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