Tag Archives: Fukushima Prefecture

Full Meltdown At Fukushima: Radiation Levels In Nearby Seawater At 3,000 Times Above Normal

31 Mar

Copyright 2011-3011 Alternative News Forum, All Rights Reserved.

Had you read this description of what actually happened during one of the Fukushima reactor explosions ANYWHERE in the USA mainstream media?

UK Nuclear Expert: “There were a huge number of spent fuel rods sitting on top of the reactor, so when it exploded, and everybody saw it exploding, all those fuel rods went up in the air. And as we now know, it has melted down.”

Residents of Japan Instructed to Remain Indoors on 3.31.11 Due to Large Radioactive Plume from Fukushima Plant

30 Mar
Greater Tokyo Area is the world's most populou...

Tokyo has a population of approx 35 million people

Copyright 2011-3011 Alternative News Forum, All Rights Reserved.

3.31 2011 Update:

ALERT: Dangerous levels of radiation are now escaping the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant and in Tokyo and northeastern Japan residents are being warned to stay indoors on 3.31.2011, and NOT to drink the tap water, or bathe in it. There is such a scarcity of news on this issue in the USA that I would venture to call it a virtual “news blackout” on how much radiation is now passing over the continental US. The weather website WoWeather.com indicates that plumes reaching US shores and washing over the mainland have tiny to negligible levels of radioactive material.

But those living in Japan near the Fukushima Plant, up to a 50 mile radius at least, should remain indoors on 3.31.2011.

Go to these links on the www.woweather.com international weather forecasting site to see up to the minute jet stream flows for airborne Iodine-131 and Caesium-137:

ALERT: For those in Japan stay indoors on 3.31.11 due to dangerous radiation plume from Fukushima plant.

http://www.woweather.com/weather/news/fukushima?LANG=us&VAR=niludmanc131&HH=0

http://www.woweather.com/weather/news/fukushima?LANG=us&VAR=niludmanc137&HH=0&LOOP=1

Japan Radiation, Pacific Jet Stream, USA Health and Safety Update 3.26.11

26 Mar
Map of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

The Fukushima Prefecture

Copyright 2011-3011 Alternative News Forum, All Rights Reserved.

News from Japan about the progress of the clean up after recent Fukushima tsunami related nuclear accidents and explosions is mixed, and often conflicting. Here is the latest, compiled from diverse sources. This post will be updated throughout the day, so visit the page and reload for the latest news.

Radiation Levels in Japanese Seawater Spike Off Coast of Fukushima

Radiation Levels Rise at Fukushima As Government States Situation is Stable

Radiation Levels Up, Japanese Government Reveals Missteps

French Nuclear Expert Discusses Possibility of Total Meltdown at Fukushima

“The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is still very grave,” said Prime Minister Naoto Kan at a news conference. “We are still not at a stage where we can be optimistic.”

Earlier News Report From Right After the First Explosions – Note Commentary!

radiation forecasting links:

http://www.woweather.com/weather/news/fukushima?LANG=us&VAR=webcam&SA…

http://www.jaif.or.jp/english/

http://www.rivm.nl/milieuportaal/dossier/meetnetten/radioactiviteit/resultaten/

http://www.radiationnetwork.com/

http://www.blackcatsystems.com/RadMap/map.html

http://www.epa.gov (click on radiation update)

http://www.irsn.fr/EN/Pages/home.aspx

http://www.nucleartourist.com/

http://www.stuk.fi/index_en.html

http://www.mext.go.jp/english/radioactivity_level/detail/1303962.htm

http://www.nisa.meti.go.jp/english/index.html

http://www.rivm.nl/milieuportaal/dossier/meetnetten/radioactiviteit/resultaten/

http://www.yle.fi/tekstitv/html/P867_02.html

http://www.mapion.co.jp/topics/genpatu/

http://strahlenbelastung.wo-wann-wer.de/

dutch radiation monitoring:

http://www.rivm.nl/milieuportaal/dossier/meetnetten/radioactiviteit/resultaten/

swiss radiation monitoring:

https://www.naz.ch/en/aktuell/zeitverlaeufe.html

Finland radiation monitoring:

http://www.yle.fi/tekstitv/html/P160_01.html

http://www.yle.fi/tekstitv/html/P867_02.html

French radiation monitoring: (thanks to youtube user: RehKurts ! )

http://sws.irsn.fr/sws/mesure/index

http://www.irsn.fr/FR/Documents/france.htm

jet stream forecasting:

http://squall.sfsu.edu/crws/jetstream.html

http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/CT/animate.arctic.color.0.html

http://nowcoast.noaa.gov/

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/tropicalwx/satpix/nwpac_ir4_loop.php

http://www.stormsurfing.com/cgi/display_alt.cgi?a=glob_250

Japan Official: “We Are Not Able To Measure The Amount of Radiation Coming From Fukushima Nuclear Plant”

24 Mar

Copyright 2011-3011 Alternative News Forum, All Rights Reserved.

Alternative News Forum #1 in Search Results for Japan Earthquake Reports, Updates

24 Mar
Clouds along a jet stream over Canada.

The Pacific Jet Stream Aerial View

Copyright 2011-3011 Alternative News Forum, All Rights Reserved.

The sparsity of actual solid news reporting by American media outlets on the emerging radioactive aftermath of multiple Fukushima Reactor explosions has distressed the American public, further it’s made “breaking news reports” more urgently needed from competent bloggers and online alternative news outlets.

While the mainstream American media has now moved on to renewed interest in their more routine topics such as Libya, US politics,  Hollywood et al,  successive waves of incoming weather set adrift by the constant pacific jet stream have suddenly become urgent topics of news and commentary for Americans, especially those on the west coast. You tube reporters working from home have made constant and valuable contributions to our understanding of what is taking place, and it’s now becoming clear that soon the so called “alternative” news media, may in fact become THE FUTURE of news media.

While “We the People” press on, slowly taking back their country, a NEW news media that supports and actually follows and listens to “We the People” is now emerging with them. With one eye on the post I am always writing, and another on what Big Media is doing, I have been incredulous as I watched in recent days while Big Media moved on from the Japan disaster, minimizing and mostly ignoring the concerns of American families, who still wonder how safe our own air is in the wake of multiple explosions at Fukushima.   In contrast I have watched brilliant citizen journalism explode out of nowhere, as more alternative news media sources sprang to life with hourly updates, videos showing USA Geiger counter reports, and up-to-date jet stream data.

This point was driven home tonight when I innocently ran a Google search, looking to see if any new earthquakes had hit Japan in the past 24 hours.  It was my own web portal, Alternative News Forum, that came up number 1 in the search results. I’m definitely pleased to be #1 in the results, but it does make me wonder: where are the reporters who should be writing about the ongoing radiation issues surrounding the collapsing Fukushima Reactor complex?

When a part time home based news blogger hits number one in the search results for news about earthquakes in Japan and jet stream radiation reports, shouldn’t we all be really worried about the lack of reporting on this issue?  I’m not ready to speak the dreaded phrase “news blackout” because it’s just too insane to even consider. But why are there so few American media outlets reporting hourly on this situation in the United States?

Here’s the screen shot:

Chase Kyla Hunter 3.24.11 1:22 am  pacific time

Daily Yomiuri Twitter News Feed from Japan for 3.23.11

24 Mar
From top left: Shinjuku, Tokyo Tower, Rainbow ...

Image via Wikipedia

Copyright 2011-3011 Alternative News Forum, All Rights Reserved.

The Daily Yomiuri is an english language Twitter news feed from Japan that steadily updates on post disaster conditions, the water quality in Tokyo, possible irradiated foods, and other urgent breaking news that affects public health and safety for the Japanese people and for American news media outlets who are still covering the post quake environment. Below is their twitter feed from the past 24 hours. If you have friends or relatives who are still in Japan, or if you just want to stay abreast of actual timely news on what is happening, you can subscribe to the Daily Yomiuri twitter feed here.

DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

The government will likely have to pay at least 120 billion yen for damages caused by the Fukushima nuclear accident.http://bit.ly/h1xtfJ
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Tokyo govt says level of radioactive iodine found in Tokyo’s water has fallen back to a level that is safe for infants to drink.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

The govt says it’s been flooded with calls about “yellow radioactivity” falling from the sky. It’s actually just pollen http://bit.ly/fTsMHe
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Official police toll as of 9am: 9,523 dead and 16,067 missing.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Iodine-131 at 131 becquerels (over the infant-safe limit of 100) has been detected in the water of Chiba and Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

This afternoon, only Group 1 will experience a planned power outage. All other groups’ blackouts have been canceled for the day.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Sighs of relief as electricity, lighting were finally restored to control room for reactor at Fukushima N-plant. http://bit.ly/gmvrJh
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Holding on to hope, rescuers keep searching for thousands of people still missing after the quake and tsunami. http://bit.ly/fWwD0l
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

@
@yakulto @tokyoreporter Yes, iodine-131. Sorry for the mistake. Corrected tweet posted.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Iodine-131 at 120 becquerels (over the infant-safe limit of 100) has been detected in the water of Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Foreign Ministry confirms deaths of 2 more Japanese in last month’s Christchurch earthquake, bringing Japanese death toll to 24.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

The govt ordered shipments of 11 vegetables from Fukushima Pref halted after radiation above legal limits was detected.http://bit.ly/eJQ1Jz
DYEducation
DYEducation DYEducation 

by DailyYomiuri
24日(金)付は「ミセス・ヒッポの英語de子育て」。今回はDinner’s ready.のように「~できたよ」という意味のreadyを取り上げます。1日で何回も使える便利な表現なので、場面ごとの例文もたくさんご紹介。筆者の井原香織さんは「英語de子育て」歴10年のベテランです。
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Intl Institute of Education says it will give $5000 scholarships to Japanese studying in the US whose families were victims of the disaster.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Pic of Tokyo firefighters delivering packaged water to an Inagi, Tokyo, nursery school: http://bit.ly/fT6vGD
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Black smoke has reportedly stopped coming from the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima N-plant and water spraying has resumed.#jpquake
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Weather agency says tsunami that hit Miyako in Iwate was at least 8.5 meters high, while Ofunato was swamped by a wave at least 8 m high.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

As demand has plunged after the quake, Tsukiji fish market says high-end seafood prices are dropping drastically. Sea urchin is down 50%.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

US Ambassador John Roos visited a shelter housing 1,200 disaster victims in Miyagi Prefecture yesterday. Pic: http://bit.ly/fNuf0w
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Lights come in the central control room of reactor at Fukushima N-plant after electricity supply was restored. http://bit.ly/fr3Xob
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Hospital administrator gave his life to protect phone that was doctors’ only link to outside world after tsunami. http://bit.ly/gMLXaB
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Aftershock that hit Kanto at 8:56 a.m. was magnitude 4.9, measured lower 5 on Japan intensity scale in parts of Ibaraki Pref.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

#NHK says it had broadcast 254 hours of #jpquake-related coverage as of Tuesday.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

In Thursday’s DY: The rescuers still holding on to the hope quake survivors could be found, and how to cope without running water.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Actress Ryoko Hirosue gave birth to a boy yesterday, she announced on her website.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

The foreign ministry says 25 nations have temporarily closed their embassies in Tokyo since the March 11 earthquake. #jpquake
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Govt spokesman says Tokyo water radiation levels are “no problem” for adults and non-infant children, asks people not to horde bottled water
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Tokyo, Yokohama firefighters have stopped spraying water on reactor 3 at the Fukushima N-plant because of the gray smoke sighted minutes ago
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Japan nuclear safety agency says it doesn’t know the cause of the smoke coming from No. 3 reactor at Fukushima N-power plant.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Local govts will soon be instructed to collect vehicles destroyed by the Tohoku tsunami and scrap them. http://bit.ly/hmEWpA
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Grey smoke has been spotted coming from the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima nuclear plant, workers have evacuated the area.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

TEPCO says black smoke coming from No. 3 reactor at Fukushima nuclear power plant, workers have been evacuated.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Switzerland, Germany, Croatia, Nepal, Ecuador, Panama and Finland have moved their embassy functions from Tokyo to W. Japan due to #jpquake.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

The Cabinet Office estimates reconstruction from the March 11 earthquake will cost between 16 trillion and 25 trillion yen.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Updated Yomiuri photo collection on the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami: http://bit.ly/h0MxRF
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Quake leaves #Japan govt unsure how to tackle its previous priorities of social security, tax reform and TPP talks.http://bit.ly/hKxqRt
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

The Supreme Court has ruled vote disparities in the 2009 House of Councillors election were in a “state of unconstitutionality.”
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Fukushima Pref is planning to build temporary housing for people evacuated from near the N-plant, signaling they won’t be going home soon.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Tokyo officials say levels of radioactive iodine found in city water pose no immediate health risk to adults.
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Video footage released by the Tokyo Fire Dept shows nighttime work at the Fukushima N-plant: http://bit.ly/eYnZeh
»
The Daily Yomiuri
DailyYomiuri The Daily Yomiuri 

Tokyo govt advises that babies not be given tap water in Tokyo’s 23 wards, Musashino, Machida, Tama, Mitaka and Inagi.

Updated: Japan Fukushima Nuclear Plant, A Fourth Explosion, Airborne Radiation Now Confirmed

15 Mar
In thermal nuclear reactors (LWRs in specific)...

Diagram: How Fuel Rods Work

Copyright 2011-3011 Alternative News Forum, All Rights Reserved.

There have now been a total of four devastating explosions at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant north of Tokyo since the 9.0 earthquake late last Thursday in Japan. Radiation leakage has been confirmed, and the threat of radiation poisoning to people in the surrounding region is growing more serious by the hour.

Here are gathered facts and reports coming out of Japan as of early 3.15.11. These reports are from various international media sources, however the Canadian website for Globe and Mail has compiled the most timely information, for which I am deeply grateful. I have re-posted numerous items from their info-pages on radiation and the health of the human body. I am also advising readers to get familiar with live maps of the Pacific Jet Stream to observe how it blows over the continental USA.

it is now confirmed that radiation is leaking into the atmosphere in Japan. Here’s the link: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/03/15/japanese-nuclear-panic-rises-agency-says-radiation-leaking-atmosphere/

Also, we are learning that iodine tablets are sold out at online locations everywhere, and by the grace of God, another reasonable sized dose of POTASSIUM IODIDE, which is the type of iodine you would need to fight radiation sickness, occurs built into doses of SOLARAY Brand Twice Daily Multi-Vitamins. So if you cannot procure iodine tablets, stock up on this brand of multi-vitamin as an alternative. The dose may be small, but it is at least getting some of the right kind of iodine into your system.

Watch these videos:

3.13.11 Breaking: Japan Faces Nuclear Disaster As Radiation Levels Rise

Cited from the New York Times 3.14.11 1149 pm, Breaking Info:

“After an emergency cabinet meeting, the Japanese government told people living within 30 kilometers, about 18 miles, of the Daiichi plant to stay indoors, keep their windows closed and stop using air conditioning.

Mr. Kan, whose government was extraordinarily weak before the sequence of calamities struck the nation, told the Japanese people that “although this incident is of great concern, I ask you to react very calmly.” And in fact, there seemed to be little panic, but huge apprehension in a country where the drift of radioactivity brings up memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the haunting images of post-war Japan.

The two critical questions over the next day or so are how much radioactive material is spewed into the atmosphere, and where the winds carry it. Readings reported on Tuesday showed a spike of radioactivity around the plant that made the leakage categorically worse than in had been, with radiation levels measured at one point as high as 400 millisieverts an hour. Even 7 minutes of exposure at that level will reach the maximum annual dose that a worker at an American nuclear plant is allowed. And exposure for 75 minutes would likely lead to acute radiation sickness.

The extent of the public health risk depends on how long such elevated levels persist — they may have declined after the fire at No. 4 reactor was extinguished — as well as how far and fast the radioactive materials spread, and whether the limited evacuation plan announced by the government proves sufficient.

In Tokyo, 170 miles south of the plant, the metropolitan government said Tuesday it had detected radiation levels 20 times the usual above the city, though it stressed that that level posed no immediate health threat. In Ibaraki Prefecture, just south of Fukushima Prefecture where the plant is located, the amount of radiation reached 100 times the usual levels.”

How radiation affects the body

Published Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2011 1:04AM EDT

Radiation can target many parts of the body. Symptoms vary, with severity depending on dosage or length of exposure

The Risks of Radiation Exposure

Radiation’s Effect Depends on the Amount of Exposure

Cited: “Japanese authorities warned Wednesday morning that they believed that the population living in the area immediately surrounding the stricken nuclear reactors now faced a health risk from further increases in radiation leaks.

Authorities said that radiation levels there had surged to levels that will “clearly have impact on the human body.”

See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12732015

More than 100,000 people have been evacuated from homes near Fukushima.


There have been two explosions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, following Friday’s earthquake and tsunami, and a third reactor is reportedly at risk of fuel-rod meltdown.

How great a danger do these problems pose for people in Japan and further afield?

Has there been a leakage of radioactive material?

Yes. Local government officials in Fukushima say 190 people have been exposed to some radiation. An American warship, the USS Ronald Reagan, has detected low levels of radiation at a distance of 100 miles (161km) from the Fukushima plant.

How much radioactive material has escaped?

The Japanese authorities say only low levels of radiation have been detected outside the plant. The International Atomic Energy Agency has described it as a level four event on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES), which is used for an accident “with local consequences”. No abnormal levels of radiation have been detected in Russia.

What type of radioactive material has escaped?

There are reports of radioactive isotopes of caesium and iodine in the vicinity of the plant. Experts say it would be natural for radioactive isotopes of nitrogen and argon to have escaped as well. There is no evidence that any uranium or plutonium has escaped.

What harm do these radioactive materials cause?

Radioactive iodine could be harmful to young people living near the plant. After the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster there were some cases of thyroid cancer as a result. However, people who were promptly issued with iodine tablets ought to be safe. Radioactive caesium, uranium and plutonium are harmful, but do not target any particular organ of the body. Radioactive nitrogen decays within seconds of its release, and argon poses no threat to health.

How did the radioactive materials escape?

There have been problems with cooling systems, causing the reactors to overheat. Production of steam has caused pressure to build up inside the reactor, so small amounts of steam have been deliberately released. Experts say that the presence in the steam of caesium and iodine – which are among the by-products of nuclear fission – suggests that the metal casing of some of the fuel rods has melted or broken. But the uranium fuel itself has a very high melting point so it is less likely to have melted, let alone vapourised.

Could radioactive materials have escaped by any other means?

The authorities have pumped sea water into three reactors. This water will be contaminated by its passage through the reactor, but it is currently unclear whether any of it has been released into the environment.

How long will any contamination last?

Radioactive iodine decays quite quickly. Most will have disappeared within a month. Radioactive caesium does not last long in the body – most has gone within a year. However, it lingers in the environment and can continue to present a problem for many years.

Has there been a meltdown?

The term “meltdown” is used in a variety of ways. As noted above, the reported detection of radioactive caesium and iodine may indicate that some of the metal casing enclosing the reactors’ uranium fuel has melted (a “fuel-rod meltdown”). However, there is as yet no indication that the uranium fuel itself has melted. Still less is there any indication of a “China Syndrome” where the fuel melts, gathers below the reactor and resumes a chain reaction, that enables it to melt everything in its way, and bore a path deep into the earth. If there were to be a serious meltdown, the Japanese reactor is supposed to be able to handle it, preventing the China Syndrome from taking place. Reports suggest that underneath the reactor, within the outer containment vessel, there is a concrete basin designed to capture and disperse any molten fuel.

Could there be a Chernobyl-like disaster?

Experts say this is highly unlikely. The chain reaction at all Fukushima reactors has ceased. The explosions that have occurred have taken place outside the steel and concrete containment vessels enclosing the reactors, which apparently remain solid. At Chernobyl an explosion exposed the core of the reactor to the air, and a fire raged for days sending its contents in a plume up into the atmosphere. At Fukushima the explosions – caused by hydrogen and oxygen vented from the reactor – have damaged only the roof and walls erected around the containment vessels.

Could there be a nuclear explosion?

No. A nuclear bomb and a nuclear reactor are different things.

What caused the hydrogen release from the reactor?

At high temperatures, steam can separate into hydrogen and oxygen in the presence of zirconium, the metal used for encasing the reactor fuel. This mixture is highly explosive.

How do iodine tablets work?

If the body has all the iodine it needs, it will not absorb further iodine from the atmosphere. The tablets fill the body up with non-radioactive iodine, which prevent it absorbing the radioactive iodine.

What kind of radiation levels have been recorded at Fukushima?

The Kyodo news agency reports that a radiation level of 1,557 microsieverts per hour was registered on Sunday. At this level, one hour’s exposure is roughly equivalent to one chest X-ray. Later measurements included 750 microsieverts per hour at 0200 on Monday, and 20 microsieverts per hour at 1145. The last of these measurements is not much to worry about – on a long-haul flight passengers are exposed to about five microsieverts per hour. Furthermore, moving away from the source of radiation, measurements would quickly tail off. Five or 10km away from the plant, the radiation level would be significantly lower.

Is any level of exposure to radiation safe?

In some parts of the world, natural background radiation is significantly higher than others – for example in Cornwall, in south-west England. And yet people live in Cornwall, and many others gladly visit the area. Similarly, every international air flight exposes passengers to higher than normal levels of radiation – and yet people still fly, and cabin crews spend large amounts of time exposed to this radiation. Patients in hospitals regularly undergo X-rays. Scientists dispute whether any level of exposure to radiation is entirely safe, but exposure to some level of radiation – whether at normal background levels or higher – is a fact of life.

How do Fukushima’s problems affect the rest of the world?

It depends on how much radiation is released. At present, the IAEA says the effects are of a “local” nature.

Audio

Live update: Mark MacKinnon reports from radiation testing in Japan

Mark MacKinnon

Globe and Mail Update
Published Sunday, Mar. 13, 2011 9:49AM EDT
Last updated Sunday, Mar. 13, 2011 3:58PM EDT

The Globe’s east Asia correspondent witnesses Japanese residents tested for radiation after fears of leaks at nearby nuclear plant

More related to this story

More Interactives & Infographics