Fukushima Fear-mongering: The Party’s Over

Search “Fukushima” in Google Images, and you’ll see the top 4 hits aren’t even Fukushima. Indeed, the first 3 are an entirely different industrial accident involving the oil refinery in Chiba, which wasn’t really useful for the anti-nuclear narrative, yet it looked so awful that it was repurposed anyway.


This is a clear symptom of the belligerence and desperation the world has been subjected to from nuclear opponents for the last five years. They are determined to convince folks that the limited, localised and non-fatal impacts of a triple nuclear meltdown will insidiously reach over the oceans and in to their homes. Here-in is provided a concise list of authoritative information for public use in response to tiresome, relentless fear-mongering.


What actually happened, written clearly by a radiation professional and teacher, Les Corrice

Putting Health Risks from Radiation Exposure into Context: Lessons from Past Accidents
Professor Geraldine Thomas, Imperial College London, April 2011
Also quoted in New Scientist

The D-shuttle project comparing negligible radiation doses internationally in 2014, and its published open access paper

Real-time radiation monitoring network for Japan. See if you can find a reading higher than this

Internal radiocesium contamination of adults and children in Fukushima 7 to 20 months after the Fukushima NPP accident (all below detection limit in 2012)
in Proceedings of the Japan Academy

Radiation dose rates now and in the future for residents neighboring restricted areas (after 2012, will not cause detectable health impacts)
in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Fukushima Daichi on the coast, surrounded by Japanese countryside. Photo by Tomoki Imai

Will Boisvert confirms that wild claims of Japanese thyroid cancers in 2015 are based on bad science. Dennis Normile summarises the academic criticism

Tim Worstall confirms that wild claims of a single Tepco worker developing radiation cancer is mere anti-nuclear opportunism

Articles on the mental health impacts of long term evacuation in Medical News Today and Tech Times, and the cited 2015 Lancet study

Ocean contamination in 2012 (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) and in 2015 (Scientific Reports) – already comparable to natural radioactivity

Clear debunking of the dishonest claims of impacts on nature, regardless

Everything you need to know about Fukushima’s “radioactive” whales, in particular, by Sarah Keartes

There’s up to 244 becquerels per kg of naturally occurring Ra-226 in brazil nuts. This decays much faster than Pu-239, with an alpha particle of similar energy.

With Fukushima’s fifth anniversary approaching, we can probably start to relax about radioactive seafood – The Washington Post reporting on negligible estimated radioactivity in seafood with the clear discussion of becquerels so often neglected in the media.
The cited paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Pacific radionuclide monitoring at Fukushimainform.ca

Negligible radioactivity finally detected on the US coast (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)

Local media outlet for Fukushima residents, Fukushima Minpo News

Rachel Pritzker’s 2015 visit to the accident site

Ben Heard’s 2015 visit

Interviews with qualified industry professionals regarding the details and lessons learned around the 2011 accident at Forum on Energy

The nuclear plant that was closer to the quake epicenter and which shut down safely, Onagawa. Independent journalist coverage here. Journal article here

Excerpts from Climate Gamble, spelling out how anti-nuclear opportunism has been the driver behind the global impact of Fukushima

The Canadian nuclear industry set about reinforcing the security of its reactors following Fukushima. A recent study into a similar hypothetical accident revealed the prospect of negligible harm to residents of Ontario.


Annual doses and limits in Canada