|Dr. Conca reports that sadness and anger came to mind on the two-year anniversary of the Fukushima disaster last week for the people in Japan. But it was for two different reasons, for two different groups. Dr. Conca realized that everyone who attended the anti-nuke rallies felt righteous and good about their anger at nuclear power and their sadness at the disaster. But their anger is misplaced and their zealous that cries out against nuclear power has obscured the real heartbreak of the tsunami itself and the mismanagement of the response.|
Dr. Conca is with the other group who are sad at the destruction wrought by the tsunami and angry at the horrible over-reaction to Fukushima that has hurt more people than the radiation ever will. The tsunami killed over 20,000 people and destroyed almost a million lives. The threat of radiation is a phantom that distracts the world and keeps the people of Japan terrorized with no foreseeable end. Yet again, technical and scientific experts announced that the radiation effects from Fukushima will have little to no health impacts on the people of Japan, even on those most affected by the disaster at Daiichi.
Yet again, it was announced that the fear and continued misinformation about radiation is causing more harm than could possibly be caused by radiation. Yet again, much of the public and most of the ideologues choose to ignore the experts and stoke the fear and suffering for whatever reasons they have, good or bad.
There is no question that an area around Fukushima is contaminated and needs to be cleaned-up before anyone can re-enter. But that area is confined to the greater than 50 mSv per year zone (more than 6 microSv per hr). The rest of the area is safe. - as indicated by the Japan Ministry. The majority of the refugees could return safely to their homes and have a better life than where they are now. As Dr. Conca suggests, now is the time to go home and get on with their lives.