If there's one thing that's been very consistent, it's the message from friends and coworkers in Tokyo, mostly long-timers like myself, saying that the foreign news is sensationalized and that the dangers have been over exaggerated, and that most of them feel no reason to leave with things as they are and have been to date.
franky-MS wrote:There are already calculations regarding Singapore`s exposure to the radiation clouds...
Let`s hope the Best, but it does not look to be a simple local problem. The problem is, the authorities will tell you- in about 20 years...
If the authorities are reasonable then they would be probably right. People have clear tendency to panic hearing certain words of the background they typically do not understand. You seem to be a good example of the said category.
Well I have been following quite closely and I don't see any sensationalism at all, they did say that around the reactor the dosage was quite high at one point.
The other point was noted that food chain is contaminated above the recommended limits. I can only say that having routinely worked in a military environment and trained in nuclear fall out measures, that the accumulation of radio active material will stay inside the body.
Other than that i would consider what is called commonsense approach to the problem, it is very obvious that human reaction to dosage will be individually different, so therefore those wishing to play Russian roulette with their lives and their children's lives is fine by me.
I posted links to Nuclear power stations, that do statistically gather such information on cancers and leukemia cases within the normal environment, and as i stated that before building a power plant, a number of deaths are taken into consideration over a longer period of time through natural intake of low level radiation dosage, if it is 4 or 5 times the national average over a lifetime, it's no big deal in fact it's relatively cheap as it may only reduce your life span by 10 to 15 years right, and it's not painful until it happens anyway.
I'm curious were the sensationalism is, what I'm seeing is just workers ignorance not listening to their embassies, and not even taking the precautions to protect their health.
Only the workers are claiming sensationalism, and Countries Embassies have a duty to inform their citizens, that's all, it's hardly sensationalism or over reaction, it's commonsense, that the more contamination in the food chain, will increase your risks of cancer over a life time.
If their is a melt down you can reduce your life expectancy and the risks of giving birth to deformities some thought, when it happens, they can then look in the mirror, and wish they followed some instructions, though like everyone says, it will never happen to me! Sensationalism is a big joke I agree, it sells papers, though I've not really seen any thing that points to over exaggeration, when it is a governments duty to warn its citizens of the risks involved. They are basically saying if you stay to listen to the Japanese authorities and take the medication when told to take it, though do they even have the iodine tablets to take, I doubt it. But who really cares!
No one wants panic, as deaths occur Governments expects commonsense to prevail over panic, so if you don't leave they could at least appreciate that the government takes the accident as serious and they should also take it serious and take precautionary measures if staying.