Current potential for global Nuclear Contamination:
Michio Kaku- “THEY LIED TO US”. Fukushima: A growing global disaster.
Fukushima worse than Chernobyl– United States has a lot to be worried about.
Chernobyl, Ukraine 1986
Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania 1979
Goiania, and Abadia, Brazil 1987
Tokaimura, Japan 1999
Fukushima Daiichi, Japan 2011
Reactor 4 gave off an explosive reaction due to a lack of water. 31 firefighters died because of exposure while fighting the fire. Debris was scattered and was collected and sealed into the site in a Sarcophagus.
The reaction gave off severe levels of radiation into the atmosphere. Bio-robots received 20 roentgens. US max is 5 roentgens. The effects of Chernobyl are still seen; 20 nations and 3 billion people, many very sick and dying. 5,000 to 20,000 eventual deaths is a conservative estimate. The plant was not closed down until December of 2000. A new Sarcophagus will begin production in 2004. The UN is asking for $9 million in relief.
Three Mile Island
Reactor 2 overheated due to lack of water. Three Mile island was mostly the result of human error.. problems that resulted from miscommunication problems and fear. Stress Response was a big effect. There were some health risks associated with thee mile lisland, but were remote. Since three mile island, US power utilities have not invested in new plants.
Goiania and Abadia
1,600 curies of cesium-137 were released from a broken radiotherapy device in Goiania. The waste was
taken to Abadia. Both places showed some similar side effects.
Lack of worker competence and wrong tools caused the accident at the fast breeding reactor. Like other
incidents the public was informed 5 hours after the incident. Reform to correct procedures and problems is now in effect.
The Fukushima Daiichi power plant is still an ongoing investigation.