Radiation in Japan


Mar 16 2011

Radiation in Japan

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On March 11th, 2010, Japan was hit by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded. As a result, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan was damaged. Unfortunately, the radiation given off by the power plan has spiked within the past two days. This increase has led to the United States encouraging Americans who live within a 50 mile radius of the power plant to evacuate.

The Japanese are also fearful that the radiation will lead to health issues such as cancer. So, the Japanese government has taken precautions. They have evacuated the people closest to the plant, told others to stay inside, and distributed the drug potassium iodide to protect the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine. They are also screening the public with both Geiger counters and sodium iodide detectors.

The United States military was also ordered to stay 50 miles away from the nuclear power plant. Although, this will not stop the relief mission because 14 US warships have taken position offshore to ferry food and water to survivors of last weeks devastating earthquake and tsunami. Seen on Facebook, families of soldiers and other Americans have expressed concern of exposure to radiation. Hopefully this leads to more precautions being taken.

3 Responses to “Radiation in Japan”

  1. cobrien13 Says:

    Giving aid to the Japanese has been difficult enough, the added precautions of radiation exposure are only going to make the situation worse. Japanese and Americans are afraid of the radiation that could be lingering around the power plants. The next few weeks should be interesting to see how the United States decides to continue aid in areas near the power plants.

  2. etaff Says:

    The issue of the radiation on top of all the damage caused by the tsunami and earthquake is making aiding Japan even more difficult. Since no one is sure how much damage the radiation exposure could have it is necessary for both governments to be taking all the precautions they are taking. However, what about the people trapped in the towns and villages surrounding the plant? Is it really far to just leave those people with out aid because of a risk we are not even positive about? I think that yes, it is necessary to be cautious, but i also think its necessary to not neglect the people in the surrounding areas.

  3. jstansberry Says:

    Hopefully the relief efforts for the damaged areas of Japan can continue. It would be a shame for this to slow down the help from the U.S in a time sensitive thing such as this.

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