Fukushima radioactive water

Water at Fukushima nuclear plant still radioactive

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has revealed that much of the water stored at the disaster-stricken nuclear plant – that the Japanese government was considering releasing into the Pacific Ocean – is still radioactive. This disturbing admission has indeed complicated the on-going decommissioning process, which is already marred by a number of other factors.

Cesium rich microparticles

The Discovery of Cesium Rich Microparticles

The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster was the second-most serious nuclear accident in history, after Chernobyl in 1986. It caused serious damage to the nuclear reactors 1, 2, 3 and 4 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. As a result, massive amounts of radionuclides were released in Fukushima prefecture, posing serious environmental threats of known, and unknown, nature.

ginko biloba and radiation

Gingko Biloba in Radiation Exposure

Ginkgo biloba (scientific name Salisburia adiantifolia) is a plant extract that has been traditionally used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Historically, gingko was used as a natural remedy for asthma, bronchitis, fatigue, and improving brain health.

Immunity and radiation

How ionizing radiation affects the body

When we talk about radiation exposure and its effects on the body, we usually mean ionizing radiation (IR) – the kind that can damage living tissue. The fact is, we are exposed to ionizing radiation every day either from natural sources (coming from radon, minerals, rocks, soil, and cosmic rays) or from man-made sources (from exposure to X rays, CT scans, radiotherapy, nuclear accidents and workplace radiation).

Radiation effects on Fukushima monkeys

Radiation Effects on Fukushima Monkeys

The radioactive material injected into the environment by the 2011 Fukushima accident, the world’s second largest nuclear disaster after Chernobyl, has led to widespread consequences on human health. Studies tell us that this radioactivity is going to persist in the environment for a long time and highlight that there is no safe dose below which there are no side effects.

Cesium 137 food supply

Fukushima-borne Cesium-137 to contaminate food supply for decades

It’s been almost eight years since a major earthquake and the resulting 15-metre tsunami caused a severe nuclear accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The fuel meltdown and subsequent explosion released massive amounts of radioactive material into the environment – including iodine-131, cesium-134 and cesium-137 (Cs-137) – heavily contaminating the Pacific Ocean.

Fukushima mental health

Fukushima Aftermath: Mental Health and Emotional Consequences

Radioactivity unleashed by the 2001 Fukushima nuclear disaster has created more challenges than what meets the eye. Experts say that long-term social and psychological impact of any nuclear crisis, is way more damaging than the physical risks from the radioactive exposure.

Fukushima water waste

Would it be safe to release Fukushima waste water into the ocean?

Takashi Kawamura, head of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), announced that nearly 777,000 tons of water contaminated with tritium will soon be dumped into the Pacific Ocean.

Radiation and Immunity

Radiation and Immunity

Ionizing radiations cause damage to every cell in the body. However, the cells of the immune system are especially vulnerable to radiation exposure.