March 11th, 2017 will be the 6th anniversary of the ongoing Fukushima disaster. What do we know from press about it today?
Fukushima: 6 years after Japan’s worst nuclear disaster (CBC/Radio-Canada, produced by The Current’s Lara O’Brien and Josh Bloch, with help from freelance journalist Chie Matsumoto in Japan.)
According to Canadian Cancer Society figures, this year, 6,800 Canadians will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and 210 will die of it, Goldman tells Tremonti. He adds that radiation exposure can lead to thryoid cancer.
If an earthquake and tsunami similar to the Japanese event occurred off the B.C. coast, it could hit the west and south sides of Vancouver Island as well as the Lower Mainland. That’s a reminder for communities to prepare their emergency management plans, according to David Edgington is a professor of human geography at UBC.
6 years after a massive meltdown – radiation levels at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan are as dangerously high as ever. So is nuclear power ever worth the risk?
The presence of a single North American salmon with trace levels of cesium-134, undoubtedly the result of the Fukushima event.
The mothers say other parents trust the lab’s radioactivity readings in local food more than those from the government. This is an important process and is especially reassuring to the parents of young children. The women also measure radiation levels in sand from the beach, which has been out of bounds to their children. “But what if there’s a chance that in 10 or 20 years time, my own child gets thyroid cancer? And I could have done my bit to minimise the risks. My children are mine and I want to do whatever I can to protect them.”