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Who Was Hurt by Fukushima

The radiation in the air due to the Fukushima meltdown does not seem to have been high enough to effect human beings. But there is one species it has devastated: butterflies. Exposure to radioactive material released into the environment has caused mutations in butterflies found in Japan.

Two workers at the reactor were killed by the 50-foot-high tsunami, but the fear that the victims of the radiation that spewed from it would number in the thousands never materialized. In fact, the "hot spots" in Japan showed radiation at the level of .1 rem, a number that's small compared with the radiation that people in Denver live with every day (a rem is the unit of measurement used to gauge radiation damage to human tissue).

But it was too much for the butterflies: scientists found an increase in leg, antennae and wing shape mutations among butterflies collected following the 2011 Fukushima accident. Since the Japanese are big butterfly collectors, this was noted immediately. When the accident occurred, these adult butterflies would have been wrapped up in cocoons.

On BBC News, Nick Crumpton quotes entomologist Joji Otaki as saying, "It has been believed that insects are very resistant to radiation. In that sense, our results were unexpected."

It turns out that Denver has high natural radioactivity, coming from radioactive radon gas which is emitted from tiny concentrations of uranium found in the local granite. If you live there, you get an extra dose of .3 rem of radiation per year (on top of the .62 rem that the average American absorbs annually from various sources). A rem is the unit of measure used to gauge radiation damage to human tissue. And the butterflies there seem fine--perhaps they have adapted.

Despite its high radiation levels, Denver has a lower cancer rate than the rest of the US. Some scientists think HUMANS there have adapted, that low levels of radiation induce cancer resistance. But it could also be because Coloradoans have a healthier lifestyle.

Nuclear expert Richard Garwin thinks that the number of Fukushima radiation deaths will turn out to be about 1,500, which is only 10% of the deaths that were caused immediately by the tsunami.

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This news story in the BBC is a very sinister bit of disinformation. First of all Fukishima, is not over it's still continuing to emit radio nucleotides into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean, and will be for at least 40 more years.

So who was hurt? Well there has been at least 20,000 increase in the number of spontaneous miscarriages, per year in North America since Fukishima. Increase in back ground radiation, on the West Coast, the Pacific North West, Southern California, and Colorado, are showing increased back ground radiation, with hot spots from Indiana to the East Coast. With mutations already showing up in plant life here. Always remember that there is no safe level of radiation exposure.

Also remember that most of the workers at Fukishima are sub contractors, at least 90 percent. And TEPCO, may be liable for their deaths, especially since they were ordered to use lead coverings on their Dosimeters to limit the record of their exposure.

There are are also thyroid nodules in the children of Fukishima already showing up, and deaths of Fukishima residents related to radiation exposure.

There are lots of Scientists who work as shills for the Nuclear Power Industry, especially in Colorado. remember Karen Silkwood?

And once again there is no safe level of radiation exposure, those scientists who think humans are developing resistance to radiation exposure are working for the nuclear power industry.

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