S hunichi Yamashita knows a lot of about the health effects of radiation. But he is a pariah in his home country of Japan, because he insists on telling those evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear accident that the hazards are much less than they suppose. Could he be right? After growing up in the traumatised city, Yamashita dedicated his life to researching the health of survivors of the Nagasaki bomb and other victims of nuclear atrocities and disasters. He believes that, apart from the 28 immediate deaths among firefighters and maybe 50 victims of untreated thyroid cancers, the death toll from radiation has been small. When a tsunami flooded the Fukushima Daiichi power station in Japan in March , and put its reactors into meltdown, he rushed to the scene.
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What was the fallout from Fukushima?
The Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear accident that occurred on Saturday 26 April , at the No. The accident started during a safety test on an RBMK-type nuclear reactor. The test was a simulation of an electrical power outage to help create a safety procedure for maintaining reactor cooling water circulation until the back-up electrical generators could provide power. Three such tests had been conducted since , but they had failed to provide a solution.
The series of earthquakes that began sometime before March 9, , shook the shores of northeastern Japan in an altogether different fashion. They rolled and jostled as if moving through a liquid substance—a waterbed motion as opposed to the rigid shearing and shattering temblors that would follow. This is one of the most quake-prone regions of the world, so little thought was given to what are now known to have been foreshocks of the fourth-largest earthquake ever recorded. In the bluing evening of March 10, Mr.