Thursday, September 27, 2012

Brutal radioactive contamination of pregnant woman in Iwaki, Fukushima

From Fukushima Diary:

3300 Bq/Kg from a pregnant woman in Iwaki city Fukushima

3300 Bq/Kg of radioactive material was measured from a pregnant woman in Iwaki city.

If this woman weighs 50kg, it is 165,000 Bq/body.

Fukushima minpo, the original source of this information didn’t address the nuclide, but it’s probably cesium134/137.

Iwaki city has been conducting health check for internal exposure.

The test is for under 18 (on 3/12/2011) and pregnant women who received

maternity health record book from 7/2010 to 7/2011.

They have collected the result of 12,134 people, and they detected radioactive material from 620 of them.

Related article.. 20,000 Bq/body from a man in Fukushima

Iwaki is located near Fukushima Daini, the other Fukushima nuclear power plant, which also suffered some sort of ill-reported accident in March 2011. However the contamination can well have arrived via the air from Fukushima Daiichi, somewhat further North.

While there is no straightforward method to "translate" becquerels (Bq, equivalent to disintegration-per-second) into sieverts (Sv), which are the estimated units of radioactive health risk, it is clear that those amounts are brutal and the life of woman and child are in dire straits.

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