Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Japan Detects First Radiation Contamination

After all the devastation in Japan, the first contaminants from the Fukushima Daiichi plant have been detected. As you know, a devastating earthquake and tsunami crippled the country's north-weastern coast. Japanese police report the death toll at 9,500 with 16,000 additional people still missing. The radiation situation was reclassified from level four to level five, which is comparable to Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, 1979.

Government official confirmed finding radiation in milk and spinach in areas near the reactor. In addition, there was some radioactive iodine found in tap water. As a "precautionary measure" some Japanese citizens are being issued stable iodine pills, which will absorb the radioactive materials. Parents are also advised to stop serving infants tap water.

As of now, the radiation is at levels above the national safety guidlines but not severe enough to create health problems. You would have to ingest massive amounts of contaminated milk, water, or vegetables to be in danger.

Currently, electricity has been restored to some of the reactors. The continuing plumes of smoke remain unexplained and are evidence that the situation is not fully undercontrol.
Let's hope officials can continue to get electricity to more areas of Fukushima Daiichi and keep the radiation levels at a low risk.


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