* Posts by Bonobody

1 post • joined 18 Mar 2011

Fukushima on Thursday: Prospects starting to look good


@Jenkins Casualty → #

"There remain no indications that anyone has yet suffered any radiation health effects, and the prospect is growing that this will remain the case".


- The radiation exposure of 1 TEPCO employee, who was working inside the reactor building, exceeded 100mSv and was transported to the hospital.


Cumulative dose = 100.0 mSv (10.00 rem)

Excess lifetime cancer risk = 0.500% (1 : 200.0)

(source: http://www.wise-uranium.org/rdcri.html )


"Once we exceed doses of 250 mSv, radiation poisoning becomes a serious risk. These levels are much higher than the population of Japan can expect at the moment, though workers in the area are legally allowed to reach this threshold. Doses between 1000 and 2000 mSv results in acute radiation sickness, doses above 8000 mSv are fatal. "

(source: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/17/957303/-Radiation,-Cancer,-and-the-Linear-No-Threshold-Model )


btw, I assume you are familiar with the fact that smoking e few cigarettes gives you a much higher risk of getting cancer in later life. As for the other two workers who started to feel bad, there is no confirmation that it is in fact radiation-sickness. They could have just as well suffered from exaustion or overheating due to heavy protective gear they were wearing over prolonged periods of time..

So at this moment in time mister Lewis Page's words aren't that far from the truth...

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