posted on Jun, 19 2011 @ 07:01 PM
With the Fukushima crisis, people are talking about the additional radiation affecting the Northern Hemisphere and how deadly it could be. Perhaps
there might be additional radiation, that would really suck, but is it really as deadly as it's been made out to be on the forum? By no means am I
trying to say Fukushima isn't a big deal, but there's been a lot of fear mongering going on and i'm just trying to find out what's really going on.
I found a Cancer website with a handy calculator. Sure, it's for x-rays, but you can put in a custom mSv dose, and the algorithm still works the same.
I put in 40 doses of 2mSv and came out with an additional ~1% risk of Cancer. Doesn't really seem like a huge deal, not to sound inconsiderate. With
all the fear going around, I would have expected 20-25% additional risk at least. Perhaps I'm just misunderstanding the radiation equations and the
situation. If I'm wrong, please correct me.
According to this chart
, the lowest yearly dose clearly linked to Cancer is 50mSv, so
2mSv would probably be a marginal difference, much more than we receive on a yearly basis from background sources (around 3.6mSv depending on
location), but much less than is clearly linked to Cancer.
If I'm wrong, I'd really appreciate it if someone could give a reasonable estimate of additional Cancer risk of, say 2mSv per year for 40 years.
Here's another handy chart
that shows radiation levels and
edit on 19-6-2011 by mossme89 because: (no reason given)