The authoritative international organization, the European Committee on Radiation Risk (ECRR), released shocking predictions about the consequences of the accident at a Japanese nuclear power plant. According to scientists, radioactive emissions from the emergency reactors "Fukushima-1" will provoke an unprecedented surge of cancer.
According to experts' calculations, out of three million people living within a radius of 100 km from the nuclear power plant, a fatal disease will affect about 200 thousand. And among the seven million people living in an area within a radius of 100 to 200 km from Fukushima-1, another 220 thousand cases of the disease will be diagnosed.
Experts say that such a fate threatens all residents of the vicinity of the nuclear power plant if they stay in their homes for at least a year. Scientists say that the only way to avoid the threat is the complete and immediate evacuation of the population from an area up to 100 km northwest of the damaged nuclear power plant. In addition, ECRR insists on prosecuting officials who hide truthful information from the public, as well as those who deliberately underestimate the risks to human health as a result of this accident.
Note that initially, experts predicted the emergence of only 120 thousand cases of fatal disease as a result of exposure to radiation. However, due to the sharp deterioration of the situation around the Japanese nuclear power plant, specialists had to radically revise their calculations.
Domestic ecologists echo foreign scientists, the newspaper reports. “There is no doubt that radioactive particles will spread throughout Japan and other countries, so the number is likely to rise. - says the co-chairman of the Ekozashita! group Vladimir Slivyak. - There is a risk of other diseases, especially in pregnant women and children born later this year. This demonstrates what a huge danger comes from just one nuclear power plant."
Environmentalists hastened to remind the public that there are 32 nuclear reactors operating on the territory of Russia, 22 of which represent a great danger in connection with the development of a resource. Some of these stations have already exceeded their expected service life. According to conservationists, the further extension of the life of these reactors puts Russians at risk of getting their own Fukushima at home.
Recall that as a result of the most powerful earthquake in the history of Japan and the tsunami caused by it, several power units of Fukushima-1 were accidentally damped. Due to the fact that the cooling system was left without power supply, the reactors and the storage facilities located next to them began to overheat, which led to their partial destruction as a result of hydrogen explosions and partial melting of the fuel rods.
Recently, specialists from the operator of the nuclear power plant, TEPCO, dumped more than 10 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean to make way for even more contaminated water coming from the reactors. It was also reported that a 20-centimeter crack had formed in one of the reservoirs of the second power unit, through which radioactive water flowed out. The day before, the leak was completely eliminated with the help of liquid glass.
Meanwhile, radiation leaks from reactors have multiplied the natural background radiation in seawater off the coast of Japan. Radioactive elements have penetrated groundwater and have also been found in food, soil and tap water in a number of Japanese provinces in Japan. Radiation also made its way into the territory of other states.