Truth About Radiation Levels
by Robert Wenzel: Fed
Economist in Total Retreat: Is It Because of an Even More Embarassing
are nowhere near levels of radiation in the United States that are
a threat to our safety and it is very unlikely that doses strong
enough to do permanent damage to anyone living in the United States
will result from the Fukushima Daiichii nuclear power plant disaster.
(Note: I think it is a different situation for those near the plant,
and possibly those in Tokyo. The radiation flow appears to be generally
increasing and I have to think that the possibility of high cumulative
levels of radiation exposure could be high.)
chart on radiation levels handy. It will keep you from going
into panic and also provide a guide as to the danger, to understand
in the future what the dangers are at various high doses of radiation.
Note that some
of the people near the Fukushima plant may have already been exposed
to a total of more than 100,000 microsieverts of radioactive iodine
since the beginning of the disaster. This is border line serious.
Indeed, the chart maker, who seems to emphasise the fact that most
sources of radiation that we are exposed to are very small doses,
states that at 100,000 microsieverts, it becomes a level where clear
links to increased cancer risk are established.
with permission from Economic
Economic Policy Journal
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