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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: muzzleflash
Radiation levels at Hiroshima and Nagasaki are back to normal background levels and have been for years. There's another reason why they stayed low beyond radiation.
If you think French and British testing in Polynesia or Australia took place on those islands or contributed to fallout I'll wait for your source.
The Cook Islands are about 1500 kilometres west of Mururoa. In July, 14 doctors from the islands signed an open letter claiming that leukaemias, cancers and fish poisoning had increased among the 18 000 residents as a result of nuclear contamination. Many islanders are suffering from stress. “Our people are scared,” says Vaine Tairea, the Cook Islands’ agricultural and conservation minister. Elderly people, he says, are refusing to eat fish caught on the eastern side of the islands – the side facing Mururoa.
Tairea admits that the evidence of contamination is anecdotal and that there are no data to prove the two are connected. But the report plays down any risk to the health of the islanders. It says that the total radioactivity produced by underground testing at the two atolls is only about 1 per cent of that produced by all atmospheric tests carried out around the world since 1945. Also, any radioactivity that does leak into the ocean will be substantially diluted before it reaches any inhabited islands. “The effects [on health] are likely to be small and limited to Mururoa and nearby island ecosystems,” it says.
However, ministers from the Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, Nauru and Western Samoa say they do not accept that there is no health risk.
originally posted by: Fallingdown
All you did was rule out testing on several islands . You didn't address the fall out because as usual you jumped in attempting to kill the thread without fully reading the OP .
No fallout made it there unless you have evidence otherwise, the distances were too far.
After the detonation of a weapon at or above the fallout-free altitude (an air burst), fission products, un-fissioned nuclear material, and weapon residues vaporized by the heat of the fireball condense into a suspension of particles 10 nm to 20 µm in diameter. This size of particulate matter, lifted to the stratosphere, may take months or years to settle, and may do so anywhere in the world. Its radioactive characteristics increase the statistical cancer risk. Elevated atmospheric radioactivity remains measurable after the widespread nuclear testing of the 1950s.