TITLE

An update on, radioactive release and exposures after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster

AUTHOR(S)
McLaughlin, P. D.; Jones, B.; Maher, M. M.
PUB. DATE
September 2012
SOURCE
British Journal of Radiology;Sep2012, Vol. 85 Issue 1017, p1222
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
On 11 March 2011, the Richter scale 0.9-magnitude Tokohu earthquake and tsunami struck the northeast coast of Japan, resulting in widespread injury and loss of life. Compounding this tragic loss of life, a series of equipment and structural failures at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant (FDNP) resulted in the release of many volatile radioisotopes into the atmosphere. In this update, we detail currently available evidence about the nature of immediate radioactive exposure to FDNP workers and the general population; We contrast the nature of the radioactive exposure at FDNP with that which occurred at the Chernobyl power plant 25 years previously. Prediction of the exact health effects related to the FDNP release is difficult at present and this disaster provides the scientific community with a challenge to help those involved and to continue research that will improve our understanding of the potential complications of radionuclide fallout.
ACCESSION #
80037536

 

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