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Fukushima gamma ray danger

2012-08-27 14:57

Vienna - Japanese officials reporting on the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster say that gamma rays from the rubble left by the accident are now a greater concern than radioactive cesium still being emitted from the crippled nuclear plant.

A report to an International Atomic Energy Agency meeting presented on Monday has found that cesium being released from the plant is at approximately 0.01 becquerels per hour, well below the health-hazard level.

Shinichi Kuroki, who presented the report, said the greater challenge is to reduce relatively high gamma ray radiation from the plant debris.

A powerful earthquake and tsunami hit the Fukushima plant 17 months ago, overwhelming its safety systems and spreading radioactivity over a large area.

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano urged delegates to maintain their "sense of urgency" on post-Fukushima nuclear safety.

Comments
  • CombiChrist - 2012-08-27 15:27

    Bwahahahahaha!! Little Japanese Hulk running around... you no rike me when I'm angly

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-08-27 15:59

    Gamma radiation is the most dangerous form of nuclear radiation as it passes directly into the body unless lead shielding is used. This means that radiation sickness should see a significant rise amongst the affected population. It will probably manifest as cancer

      ludlowdj - 2012-08-29 14:55

      We still aren't getting the truth out of them, the gamma radiation has been there since the disaster but was a lower risk than the cesium levels, but we were told there was no danger even though New York recorded level increases of over 400% in the weeks after the accident. Bottom line is that the governments of the world colluded and lied about the real extent of the danger to prevent panic, they are now hoping those effected will live long enough to divert all blame from them.

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