Radiation detectors are an unfortunate commonplace item in the areas affected by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.
Daily worry over what the current levels are sound as routine as a weather check. Although, checking the forecast certainly isn’t as worrisome as the constant anxiety of living in and revolving your activities around amounts of unsafe radioactivity. The reality of living in the toxic air that looms over the radioactive zones is hard to imagine.
Coverage on RT News reports that there may have actually been damage at the plant a decade or so before the Tsunami disaster occurred.
Numbers of people in the many 1000’s are still evacuated from their homes. Those that have not been evacuated are not in the clear, either. As stated on RT News, there are alarmingly high levels of radiation where there are 1000’s currently living. Some recorded levels have even measured at 50 times the deemed acceptable amount of 1 mSv/y. This range is at the halfway mark to what is known to be at levels considered capable of being cancer producing.
However, the government is reportedly still planning to somehow return residents to their homes. The answer – a redefining of what the safety levels mean. According to RT News, they are contemplating changing the definition to 20 times higher than the currently stated acceptable range, which would supposedly allow people to return to their residences over time.
This is obviously not an acceptable solution. Homes need to actually be inhabitable, not just redefined as safe. It is bad enough that scores of families have already lost their loved ones, homes and possessions, but they also have to fear their environment in a way that most can’t begin to wrap their minds around.
Radiation can soak into objects, making them unusable and dangerous. It can also sit and bathe in hot spots and can travel around, and it is hard to keep track of all of the measurements in a region to deem what is save and what needs to be quarantined.
As shown on RT News, the way that they get rid of personal radiation contaminated items is to put them in plastic bags and bury them underground. Their investigation also found extremely high, harmful levels in areas that were not even part of the restricted and no access zones.
It is inconceivable to think that your home could be declared toxic.
A group of mothers have banned together demanding safer solutions for their children and have been sending data reports on the levels in their areas to the government in order to cause awareness, but stated that they have received no response. They have raised concern over their children’s thyroid issues, which where onset in relation to the incident, and the recent numbers of children with emerging thyroid issues is unsettling.
Children are now growing up with radiation meters as an everyday household appliance. It is obviously way past due time to change the way we operate as a society.
There must be a prominent change as to what we decide to focus our efforts on, as how things have been conducted are clearly not working.
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