if things are getting under control....why is it raised to a level 7 event?
why is the evac zone being extended?
why is radiadtion levels rising in parts of japan?
I really wonder where you are getting your information from! The evacuation zone is not being extended. In fact there are 2 evacuation zones. The
first is 20km, although there are still quite a lot of people living within that zone, with shops and other services still in operation. The second is
zone between 20 and 30 km zone, where people are recommended to leave or at least stay inside as much as possible. The US and UK recommended a 50 mile
exclusion zone with the same recommendations, but the US has now admitted that it did this without any scientific evidence. By the way, the greater
part of all these evacuation zones is in the sea (take a look at a map).
The level was raised to 7 retrospectively in view of a re-examination of what happened. It does not mean that the situation is getting worse. This is
from the BBC today:
"The World Health Organization (WHO) said risk to public health from the accident was no worse after the change.
"Our public health assessment is the same today as it was yesterday," WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said.
The IAEA's Denis Flory says "the situation remains very serious, but at the moment there is very little public health risk outside the 30-km
"Finally, radiation levels vary very slightly from day to day and from hour to hour, but they are not consistently rising. In Tokyo, they have been
falling for the last 20 days or so. Are you suggesting the opposite? If so, please provide some evidence. I already gave a link to the levels in
Actually, why not hop on a plane to Tokyo - the US government isn't saying it's not safe - and take a look at things here. Life is almost 100% back
to normal, unless you want to buy more than one 2 litre bottle of bottled water (why would you want to do that anyway!) or natto, a type of fermented
bean paste, which one can quite happily live without.
By the way, 7 is the highest level on the nuclear incident scale. If there was an explosion of a nuclear plant tomorrow and 100,000 people died
immediately, that would still be a level 7. It does not mean that the risk at Fukushima is the same as that posed at Chernobyl, where the release of
radiation was more than 10 times higher. Finally, yes, I have looked at what happened at Chernobyl, particularly the UN's highly scientific study
over more than 20 years, which concluded that the number of deaths and amount of sickness caused by the Chernobyl explosion (there was no equivalent
explosion at Fukushima) were surprisingly small and way less than those given in some unscientific studies. And In the month following the Chernobyl
explosion 134 workers were hospitalised with acute radiation sickness and 31 died. The equivalent figures for Fukushima are none and none (although 3
workers have been taken to hospital with radiation burns, this is not the same as acute radiation sickness.)