Well, the radiation that is being vented from time to time includes some radioactive gas. This gas has a very short half life and becomes non-radioactive very quickly. BNC puts the lack of danger in perspective:
A very small amount of Cesium was released, as well as Iodine. If you were sitting on top of the plants’ chimney when they were venting, you should probably give up smoking to return to your former life expectancy. The Cesium and Iodine isotopes were carried out to the sea and will never be seen again.If you are exposed to this 0.008 Sievert amount it may affect your health but will most likely have no lasting damage. Now, if you are exposed to 1 to 2 Sieverts, you will have (Wikipedia):
- a 5 - 50% chance of nausea and vomiting lasting 24 hours
- no Diarrhea
- a slight headache
- maybe a fever
- a decrease in the number of white blood cells
- and you have a 0-5% chance of mortality (with or without medical care)
You can't. Basically, you want to be exposed from as far away as possible and for as little time as possible. Also, you want to avoid consumption of anything possibly contaminated. When radioactive compounds enter the human body, the effects are different from those resulting from exposure to an external radiation source. Especially in the case of alpha radiation, which normally does not penetrate the skin, the exposure can be much more damaging after ingestion or inhalation.
Well, this is a tough question. I have no solid answers and although I would definitely be more worried than I am now, I still would be very torn. Again, the reactors are not a serious danger. Even if there was a core meltdown, which seems highly unlikely, there are very safe steps to seal off the core and wait until it cools into a solid again thus minimizing any hazardous emissions.
What you should be doing while considering your options is this:
Stay indoors. In order to prevent exposure from gases indoors, close all windows doors and stop all ventilation. (It probably wouldn't hurt to have wet towels under each door.)
If you have to go outside, cover your mouth and nose with a wet towel. Also, your skin should be exposed as little as possible. Change clothes and wash once you return indoors. Don't eat food or drink open water from outside (NHK).The Japanese Government has been preparing iodine tablets. Will this help?
Yes and no. Administered orally immediately after exposure, may be used to protect the thyroid from ingested radioactive iodine. But this, of course, only minimizes Thyroid Cancer.
What is the treatment for radiation poisoning?
Nothing. Just like the common cold, there are no cures, just drugs that will help with certain symptoms (while creating others).
Hey, Dan, do you have anything else you'd like to share?
Why, of course, I'm glad you asked. As I am currently learning Japanese in this great country of Japan...
I figured there is about a .001% chance someone reading this blog would want to know this:
Why did Devo wear radiation suits?Houshasen ni sarasaremashita no de tasukete kudasai.I have been exposed to radiation so please help me.
|Pearl Japan impersonates Devo in radiation suits. Whip it Good!|