From the article:
“The one glimmer of hope is the experts’ prediction that these children will not develop thyroid cancer, the way many did with Chernobyl levels of radiation.”
These children are developing thyroid cancer much faster than the children in Chernobyl:
More than 42% of 57,000 tested children have nodules or cyst, reports Dr. Suzuki who leads the examinations. In Chernobyl they found only 0.1 – 1%.
And by now “the one glimmer of hope” should be … gone.
An employee (C) of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) measures using a dosimeter at the central operating control room of the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at TEPCO’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant at Fukushima prefecture March 10, 2014. (Reuters / Koji Sasahara / Pool)
- 3 years on: Contaminated Fukushima water may be dumped as problems mount (RT, March 11, 2014):
Contaminated water at the battered Fukushima plant has taken precedence over everything else. As the larger cleanup effort continues and storage space for the water is rapidly running out, scientists suggest dumping it into the Pacific Ocean.
The plant’s chief, Akira Ono, has testified to the seriousness of the situation during a Monday visit by international media, saying that “the most pressing issue for us is the contaminated water, rather than decommissioning. Unless we resolve the problem, fear of the community continues and the evacuees cannot return home,” the AP cited him as saying.