Saturday, March 17, 2012

Fukushima wasn't Chernobyl

Not even close.  At Chernobyl, 51 workers died out of 237 who were sickened.  There are 4000 cases of radiation-induced cancer because of the accident.  At Fukushima on the other hand, two workers received non-life-threatening burns and two others inhaled enough radioactive iodine to give them a pretty good chance of developing thyroid cancer sometime in the future.  Others didn't get enough radiation to give them a statistically higher chance of getting cancer than the population as a whole.

The non-nuclear tsunami killed 15,854, injured 26,992, with 3,155 missing.  But I seriously doubt that people are going to stop living on coastlines.

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