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