Monday, March 14

Comparatively Speaking, That Is

"At this moment it appears to be the case that the public health risk is probably quite low. We understand radiation that has escaped from the plant is very small in amount," Gregory Hartl, a WHO spokesman, said (Nebehay, 3/13). "At least as of now, what we're looking at is rather more like Three Mile Island than Chernobyl," said David Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University, the New York Times reports in an article examining the possible effects of the radiation leak. The radiation released from Chernobyl in 1986 "was about a million times the amount released from the partial core meltdown at Three Mile Island in 1979, he said." Chernobyl resulted in a thyroid cancer epidemic and an uptick in leukemia cases, according to Brenner. After Three Mile Island, "There is no evidence that anybody at all got sick, even decades later," he said (Grady, 3/13).

...from WHO Reports On Risk From Radiation Exposure

2 comments:

bob's bs said...

Yeah, so this whole nuclear threat is scaring the living sh!t outta me. The following is a comment left on that page from above:

Considering that Reactors 1, 2 and 3 at Fukushima are now all experiencing core meltdowns, it seems rather premature for Malcolm Crick to be telling us that "this won’t be anything like Chernobyl". Saying that this is "not a serious health risk at the moment" is like saying that someone who has fallen off the top of a tall building and is in free-fall towards the ground is not in any "immediate" danger.

...me again. Remember, it's not the fall that kills you, it's that sudden stop at the end.

Mike said...

Having a "little" experience with operating a nuclear power plant I offer the following: when I recommend you ingest some KI tablets...then worry.

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