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5/16/2016 by mdc
Michael W. Chapman reports that since the large earthquake and tsunami causing the nuclear reactor meltdown in Japan on March 11, 2011, there have been no deaths directly caused by the radiation leak from the nuclear plant in Fukushima, which is located on the northeast side of Japan. The latest update (in April) by the World Nuclear Association on the Fukushima disaster states that there have been no deaths or cases of radiation sickness from the nuclear accident.

Also, Jaya Mohan, information officer for the U.S. Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), said that no deaths directly caused by radiation exposure after the accident at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant have been reported. That conclusion corresponds with what the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported in August 2015, and what UNSCEAR confirmed in 2013 and projected for the future.

In its 2015 report, the The Fukushima Daiichi Accident, the IAEA stated, No early radiation induced health effects were observed among workers or members of the public that could be attributed to the accident. The IAEA noted that the latency time for late radiation health effects can be decades, but said given the low levels of doses reported among members of the public, the conclusions of this report are in agreement with those of the UNSCEAR to the U.N. General Assembly.

The UNSCEAR reported in May 2013, two years after the Fukushima accident, that radiation exposure following the nuclear accident at Fukushima-Daiichi did not cause any immediate health effects. It is unlikely to be able to attribute any health effects in the future among the general public and the vast majority of workers.

No radiation-related deaths or acute effects have been observed among nearly 25,000 workers (including TEPCO employees and contractors) involved at the accident site, reported the UNSCEAR.

The earthquake in 2011, triggered a massive tsunami killing about 19,000 people.

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