JUNE 28, 2013, 12:00 PM
The Japanese government says 16 thousand people living near the stricken nuclear plant in Fukushima were exposed to more radiation than previously thought. As Japanese broadcaster NHK reports, the scientists are blaming a computer error.
Scientists have made a mistake in calculating the radiation exposure for thousands of people following the Fukushima accident. Government officials say more than 16,000 residents received incorrect estimates. The officials have been carrying out an ongoing survey among Fukushima Prefecture’s two million residents. They’ve asked them to fill out forms about their activities during the first four months after the accident. Scientists at a radiological institute used the forms to calculate exposure estimates. Officials give residents their results as the data comes in. They say among those who got faulty estimates, more than 12,000 people were given figures up to 0.4 millisieverts lower than what was actually correct. They say the scientists based the calculations on wrong dates in a computer program.
The scientists say there’s little danger to public health. The extra radiation is still below the annual amount of exposure considered safe. And finally, Mount Fuji, one of Japan’s best-known symbols, has been declared a World Heritage site by the UN. But there’s concern the mountain and its surrounding national park are under strain from hordes of visitors. Here’s Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK.
Most things regarding the public utterances by nuclear authorities seem to be “mistakes’. Which is part of the well rehearsed deception nuclear authorities have perfected since 1945.
And that started with the famous statement by Groves that “radiation sickness in Japan is just enemy propaganda.”
The mothers of Fukushima seem to be the “enemy” today. In the eyes of the nuclear authorities, who throw the Shrinks manual “DSM IV”, the mental illness manual, at them rather than admit the truth.