posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 09:17 AM
Just for the record the 'official' death toll from the Chernobyl disaster is, as far as i last checked a few years ago, around 60 with the vast
majority of those still emergency workers who did their jobs and rushed in to put out fires and get some material on the practically exposed cores.
The fact that many had no time to take anywhere near full precuations or wear protective clothing played a large part in the number of early deaths.
Compared to Chernobyl the situation in Japan is expertly managed and well under control and certainly not worth panicking about unless your one of
said emergency workers trying to keep things under control there.
I agree that we do not need radioactive particulate matter in our atmosphere but compared to the atomic testing in the middle decades of this century
and the continued burning of coal ( yes burning coal releases truly vast quantities of radioactive particulate matter every year) these type of
accidents are a serious threat only to those who live nearby and those who have taken no precautions. Since they have already evacuated people up a
ten mile radius and have issued iodine tablets in nearby areas there might still be fatalities at the plants in emergency related work but probably
nothing more than that.
As for those who suggest that the Japanese are making a mess of this i should be understood that if we can not trust the Japanese to operate nuclear
power plants, earthquakes or not, no one should and we should just go back to coal despite the fact that it releases by far more radioactive matter on
a yearly basis.