An earthquake magnitude 9 Richter Scale rocked Japan, friday, a couple week ago. Not only triggered a tsunami that killed thousands of people, quake also raises the threat of nuclear holocaust with very high levels of radiation.
The threat came from four nuclear reactors in the dai-ichi, Fukushima Prefecture. “The level of radiation is very high, and potentially damaging to human health,” said Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, as quoted by the Associated Press.
Exposure of that high-level radioactive substances could trigger a number of health problems such as hair loss, death of nerve cells, seizures and sudden death, circulatory disorders, heart disease, and damage the reproductive system.
Momentary effect of radiation may even trigger a thyroid cancer, also growth of other cancer cells in subsequent years. “However, the effects of this radiation depends on grade and type of radioactive substances,” said Professor Donald Olander, a nuclear expert at the University of California, Berkeley.
Take on with the threat, the government has asked about 180 thousand residents within a radius of 20 kilometers from the center of the reactor evacuated. At least 140 thousand residents who lived near the safety zone was also asked to not leave the house and close all the vents of the house.
In order to prevent the ill effects of radiation, the local government began to distribute potassium iodide pills and nasal mask to the residents in the vicinity of the danger zone.
A government spokesman said Yukio Edano that Japan is now entering a nuclear emergency after the earthquake and tsunami. He said the radiation level around one of the leaking reactor reached 400 thousand mikrosiverts per hour. It’s four times the safe limit of radiation for the human body.Filed: Brand New
tags: Earthquake, Japan, Japanese, Nuclear, Radition, Tsunami