Radiation Exposure

Radiation Exposure. Thousands people were evacuated from nuclear power plant areas being were scanned for radiation exposure. Nine people’s results have shown some degree of contamination, as of late Sunday.

Japan's nuclear safety agency said the accident at the 40-year-old Daiichi 1 reactor plant in Fukushima prefecture, which was triggered by Friday's 8.9 magnitude earthquake, was less serious than both the Three Mile Island accident in 1979 and the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

The Japan government insisted radiation levels were low following an explosion in the main building of the plant, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, officials ordered an evacuation zone doubled to a radius of 20 km (12 miles) around the site.
But 90,000 people had been evacuated from areas near the plant while authorities prepared to distribute iodine to people in the vicinity who may have been exposed. Iodine can help protect against thyroid cancer following exposure to radiation.

What is the Radiation exposure?

According to www.nlm.nih.gov , Radiation is energy that travels in the form of waves or high-speed particles. It occurs naturally in sunlight and sound waves. Man-made radiation is used in X-rays, nuclear weapons, nuclear power plants and cancer treatment.

If you are exposed to small amounts of radiation over a long time, it raises your risk of cancer. It can also cause mutations in your genes, which you could pass on to any children you have after the exposure. A lot of radiation over a short period, such as from a radiation emergency, can cause burns or radiation sickness. Symptoms of radiation sickness include nausea, weakness, hair loss, skin burns and reduced organ function. If the exposure is large enough, it can cause premature aging or even death. You may be able to take medicine to reduce the radioactive material in your body.

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