I wanted to share this very straight foward, sensible and non-sensationalized information on the current nuclear concerns in Japan.
The news media as well as all the amature news "reporters" have been sharing a lot of incomplete, inaccurate, or sensationalized accounts of the nuclear crisis.
While the situation continues to be very serious, the situation needs to be put into its proper context.
Reading what the World Health Organization has to say can really help put things into their proper context. Those who want to hype and sensationalize things will still read into this what they want, but I thought I'd let everyone read and decide for themselves.
WHO | FAQs: Japan nuclear concerns
Here are some excerpts...
Is there a risk of radioactive exposure from food contamination?
- Yes, there is a risk of exposure as a result of contamination in food.
- However, contaminated food would have to be consumed over prolonged periods to represent a risk to human health.
- The presence of radioactivity in some vegetables and milk has been confirmed and some of the initial food monitoring results show radioactive iodine detected in concentrations above Japanese regulatory limits. Radioactive caesium has also been detected.
- Local government authorities have advised residents to avoid these food and have implemented measures to prevent their sale and distributionWhat is the WHO travel advice for Japan?
- At this time, WHO is not advising general restrictions on travel to Japan.
- However, travellers should avoid travel to the areas most affected by the earthquake and tsunami because of disruptions to essential services, such as transport and electric power. The ongoing disaster relief activities, including the nuclear power plant emergency response and control activities, will make travel difficult and could consume resources needed by relief worker and residents. Moreover, as indicated by the Japanese authorities, travel within the evacuation and exclusion zones surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is currently prohibited.
- In general, travellers who do not have essential reasons to travel should give careful consideration to deferring travel to any areas where there has been considerable disruption to the normal infrastructure and where authorities are responding to urgent humanitarian needs.