Report: Thyroid radiation found in 45% of children in Japanese province
People in protective suits pray Wednesday for disaster victims in Tomioka, Japan, near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
July 6th, 2011
09:16 AM ET

Report: Thyroid radiation found in 45% of children in Japanese province

Japanese nuclear safety officials say 45% of children in the prefecture where three nuclear reactors melted down had thyroid exposure to radiation, Kyodo news agency reported.

None of the 1,080 children surveyed was exposed to more than 0.2 microsievert per hour, the threshold for pursuing further examinations, and most were far less, officials told Kyodo, as reported in Japan Times.

That amount is not considered a health risk, officials said.

Meanwhile, soil at four locations in the city of Fukushima was contaminated with radioactive cesium at levels 1.5 to 4.5 times the legal limit, Kyodo reported. The city is well outside 12.5-mile evacuation zone around the stricken plant.

A sample of soil from a street ditch found radiation far in excess of the amount that required permanent resettlement in the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, the agency reported.

Japan's government plans to require safety assessments, or "stress tests," on all the country's nuclear power plants, industry minister Banri Kaieda said Wednesday, according to Kyodo. All the plants have been shut down since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster.

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  1. Joe

    Yes Tal, yes there is radiation form our environment- a fact of life... not worried about it. But there is a difference when we ingest radioactive particles- especially those like Srtontium that will embed itself in our bones and emit energy radiation throughout our entire life.
    It is especially important for children whose cells are still multiplying.
    Why don't the lawmakers ingest the amounts they consider legal if it's no problem? People would have a lot more confidence in their decisions, and maybe even believe they are not influenced by the amounts of money they can make saying radiation is harmless.

    July 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Uh... I'm no medical professional but I know everyone's cells are multiplying and dying, not just children.

      July 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. WhatWhatWhat?

    Praying, what a waste of time.

    July 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • petercha

      And just what are YOU doing to help the victims of this disaster, What? I'd be willing to bet that most praying folks are contributing more to charity or helping in other ways than you are.

      July 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fat Couch Jockey

      Treat your belief system as different, not superior. Let people find comfort where they can.

      July 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brickell Princess

      I agree. Prayer is a waste of time. It is what the weak do when they have no solution. They pray that a ghost will come down and solve all the problems that they have created for themselves.

      July 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      petercha – I never said I was helping anyone. But, since you equate 'helping' with 'praying', I suppose helping is a waste of time too.

      July 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      WWW, are you incapable of actually READING what petercha wrote? He said he bet the praying people contribute more to charity, in addition to praying. I expect he's right. The "praying" people I know contribute thousands to charities who are effectively ministering in these terrible situations; they put their money to work to help those they pray for. Why do people like you feel the need to ridicule others who are probably doing many times more than you are, to actually help?!

      July 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • crazytimes7734

      Brickell Princess: I am far from weak! USMC, cancer survivor, and I PRAY. Yes I even pray for the likes of you...

      July 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    45% eh? That's pretty good actually. (compared to last time)

    July 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Obviously the bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were more efffective, what with a Catholic priest blessing them with 'holy water' and all. (It's true! Catholics are taught that nukes are approved of by God himself, otherwise that priest would have never blessed them)

    July 6, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. idahokev

    They are telling peolpe what they want to hear, if u ask me. This disaster is far worse than chernobyl. The saftey standards were raised after the meltdown, so it would seem that they were at safe levels, but just 4 months ago, when the radiation standards were lower, the readings they took would be considered un safe. If u dont believe it... look it up. This disaster is far worse than they are telling us!!

    July 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Every time you purchase something that's "Made in Jaypan" you are helping the victims. Purchasin a new Nissan Maxima helps a heck of a lot more than donating money to an US "not for profit" charity, where 95% of your donation goes for "overhead expenses".

    July 6, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      That may be true for some no-for-profits, but not all. The one I am chairman of spends none of the donations for "overhead" of any kind. There are no salaries paid, and all facilities are donated by board members. All donations go directly to those we serve. It is easy to ask for a statement of where the money goes. I ask any organization for that info, since I know how these things work. We will even pay the shipping out of our own pockets, rather than break into the donations.

      July 6, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brickell Princess

    I will never forget how the "experts" kept downplaying the events at the Fukushima nuclear power plant as they happened. The minute I saw the first reactor explode I knew the whole world was in deep trouble. By the way, they are still not telling you the real truth.

    The Fukushima nuclear plant has been leaking radioactive water into the ocean since day one. Full containment is months away. Those millions of gallons of radioactive water are spreading around the planet being carried by ocean currents the world over. Marine mammals, such as whales and dolphins have been greatly affected. But the media will never show you the carcases washing up with burn wounds from radiation exposure.

    The radiation that has been leaking into the atmosphere since day one is just as alarming. But the governments are forbidding the media from reporting on the results that air monitors have been providing. Radiation levels are significantly above normal around the United States with Hawaii and California and Colorado facing some of the largest numbers. By the way, the nation's bread basket is plagued by radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear plant.

    This was no Chernobyl. This was four Chernobyl incidents in the span of a week!

    July 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faith

      There are over 320 trillion gallons of water in the oceans. A few million will be diluted to nothingness quickly.

      July 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      As Faith said, dilution is the solution. By the way, radiation exposure of the type under discussion does not produce "burn wounds"... your comment suggests a woeful misunderstanding of the mechanisms of radiation damage.
      None of the reactors exploded. Hydrogen in the containment vessel exploded, leaving the reactor vessels largely if not completely intact.
      But hey, you're immune to facts because you said at the outset you don't believe anything any of the world's media say. Which raises the unavoidable question.... why are you here?

      July 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truthier

      If dilution solves the problem, why is there radiation in the air over California? Shouldn't it be diluted to nothingness? Do you think our govt is testing food caught in the pacific? Ba news, check the FDA. They are not.

      July 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      "radiation in the air over California"? The Seattle Times reported back in mid-April that airborne radiation in the US from the disaster had become undetectable to even the most sensitive of instruments. And the levels of detectability are extraordinarily low... we're talking micro-micro-curies and less, and the discussion of "effects" isn't even worth having until you're in the milli-curie range. (Maybe micro-curies depending upon the isotope, but that's still a factor of a million.)
      Of course the government isn't testing fish in the Pacific ocean. It would be insane to attempt. The ocean is entirely too big.
      "Four Chernobyls at once"? What grotesque hyperbole. If you do a little research, you find that even the most outlandish estimates of radiation release for the entire disaster is 40% of Chernobyl, with the consensus settling in at around 7-10% of Chernobyl.
      Truthiness and Princess, you are letting reason become the slave to passion. Please refrain from further polluting the discussion.

      July 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Actually, it's over 100 Chernobyl's...but who's counting? It like an election. It's not about who gets the most votes, it's about who counts them.

    July 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ted

    You guys are right. OBAMA has ordered a blackout of fukushima, fort cooper and fort calhoun . These reactors are ALL UNDER WATER!!! WORSE THE RADNET HAS BEEN PICKING UP U238 and 239 all over the WEST COAST and DELETING THE STATS! GOVERNMENTS do not want anyone to know the planet is now being IRRADIATED WORLDWIDE and especially the NORTHERN HEMISPHERE the WORLDS BREADBASKET!!!

    July 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    @Brick P'cess...Bush prays. Obama prays. So both of them are weak?

    July 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Terry Brookman

    Wait until the birth defect and cancer rate starts to climb here in the USA. All we will get is BS just like BP and the feds saying the oil is gone, Obama is a worse liar than Bush. They lie for their owners on Wall Street and treat us like mushrooms. Why do you think Obama and Hillary push the forced medical care, we are going to need it, they are killing us. If the gov. spent 10% of what they spend on the make believe war on drugs and terrorists which has created more drug use and terrorists than they have killed or put in jail we would all have the very best medical care.

    July 6, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. yuona

    It's clear nuclear energy has wide destructive properties, we need new energy sources! People, let's use our brains and let's come up with something new and clean!!!! I know if we put our brains to it, we can!! It's been proven, time and again!

    July 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Howie

    Quick! Go get the tinfoil hats! We're all gonna DIE! Seriously folks, this isn't even a 'disaster'. One nuke plant is no longer functional, and a small area around it has extremely slight elevated levels of radioactivity. Big deal. A) this is NOTHING compared to Chernobyl. B) you get a higher dose of dangerous gamma rays when you fly in an airplane or climb a mountain than you would standing in the parking lot of Fukushima. C) Nuclear power is the ONLY green energy solution currently known to man. It is the only thing we can reliably generate power with that does not put massive amounts of Carbon into the atmosphere. Wake up people, the media has created a much bigger story than what actually occurred.

    July 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      That is some serious koolaid you are drinking. "this isn't even a 'disaster'" You couldnt be more wrong.

      July 7, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. Charlie

    These people need to be evacuated like yesterday. all of them. The evac zone should be 10 times bigger at least.

    You can't compare this incident with the atom bombs or with everyday sources of radiation. The atom bombs were very destructive but had very little

    fissile material and expelled all its radiation at once.

    And while technically everything is toxic (the dose makes the poison), cesium and strontium and all these other isotopes are nasty and trust me you

    don't want to ingest them internally. There are at least 3 nuclear cores that are a puddle on the floor of their containment vessel and they are spewing radiation 24 hours a day with no end in sight.

    July 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Journeys

    God please protect them! Amen

    July 7, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
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