Study finds 'very low' radiation exposure among residents after Fukushima disaster

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 15, 2012 06:00 hrs

Researchers in Japan have found very low amounts of radioactivity in the bodies of about 10,000 people, who lived near the Fukushima Daiichi power plant when it melted down.he first study that measured the radiation effect in a large number of residents reassured health experts that the radiation levels found implied only negligible health risks.

The threat appeared to be considerably lower than in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident, the experts agreed.

"Exposure levels were much lower than those reported in studies even several years after the Chernobyl incident," the Washington Post quoted Masaharu Tsubokura of the University of Toyko, lead author of a short paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, as saying.

According to the report, the study measured radiation in 8,066 adults and 1,432 children in the town of Minamisoma, about 14 miles north of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Roy Shore, chief of research at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan, in an interview said that the measured doses constituted a very low health risk.

He, however, added that radiation is not the only health risk after the Fukushima accident.

"The psychological impact has been very great and has caused a lot of anxiety," he added.

Although the study results appear to be reassuring, they are considered preliminary and come with a number of caveats. (ANI)

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