Sunday, August 21, 2011

Japanese Children & Radiation

A report was released on Thursday, August 18, 2011in Japan noting that some 45 per cent of the children up to the age of 15 tested living in the area around the Fukushima-ken Dai-ichi (Big One) nuclear facility had some traces of radioactive elements in their thyroid glands.

The tests were actually done five months ago--about two weeks after the March 11 9.0 Magnitude earthquake spawned a massive tsunami that helped cripple the Dai-ichi nuclear facility that spewed radioactive materials into the air.

While the trace amounts of radioactive elements in the thyroids is not considered alarming for the long-term prospects of these children affected, an official notes that that: "The government's official position is that none of the children showed
radiation levels that would be problematic."

Following the radioactive exposure, 1,149 children were tested. Radioactive iodine is an element that can easily gather in the thyroid glands of children, which if left untreated, or with constant exposure, can lead to an increased risk of cancer later in life.

Files compiled by Andrew Joseph

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