Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/24/2014 – 21:05
Fukushima prefecture has been conducting regular checkups of over 360,000 people who were in Fukushima in March 2011 and were age 18 or under when the nuclear crisis struck. As WSJ reported in August, a study by researchers in Fukushima prefecture found 57 minors in the prefecture have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer so far and another 46 are showing symptoms that suggest they may also have the disease. Today, as The Japan Times reports, four more children are suspected of suffering from thyroid cancer in the latest survey bringing the total to 107 out of 385,000 now surveyed. This is dramatically higher than the normal “between 5 to 11 cases per million people,” that Okayama University professor Toshihide Tsuda cites for national statistics between 1975 and 2008.
According to a Reuters article, several tanks holding “highly contaminated” water used to flood and cool Fukushima’s damaged nuclear reactors have leaked, and some liquid may have contaminated the Pacific Ocean.
The concentration of beta-emitting isotopes in the spilled water is more than 6,000 times the legal limit. Recurring breaches in the containment system put together by Tokyo Electric Power Company baffle the utility’s clean up team. International alarm is increasing, prodding the Japanese government to step in.
Read more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/03/us-japan-fukushima-water-idUSBRE99200R20131003
It might be wise to steer clear of vegetables from Japan’s Fukushima area for, oh, say a few hundred years. A Korean website assembled this image collection of produce from towns and villages surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. And they are NOT pretty pictures. From Siamese-twinned corn cobs to what can only be called peaches with elephantiasis, the region’s agriculture appears to have taken a heavy radiation hit from the nuclear disaster in 2011.
Last week it dawned on me that sea salt made from drying Pacific Ocean sea water may not be healthy to eat either. Most salt boxes do not list the source of the salt. I am refusing to buy undesignated sea salt. If I am going to eat it, I want to know where it comes from.