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The Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry in Japan has issued a leaflet “Responding to a Nuclear Emergency” that can be downloaded. It answers the following questions in a easily understood manner using illustrations in English.
1. What is a nuclear emergency?
2. How does radiation affect the human body?
3. If a nuclear emergency occurs, what will happen, what should we do?
4. What should our response be when we hear of an accident occurring ?
5. What should we do in terms of contacting our family or children, etc?
6. About what kinds of thing must we watch out for?
7. If you are asked to take shelter indoors, what should you do?
8. If we are asked to take refuge, what should we do?
9. What happens in the shelter/first-aid center?
COUNTRY : JAPAN
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has a question and answer section on their website under the heading of “Japan Nuclear Concerns.” The current questions and answers are as follows:
1. Current risk of radiation-related health problems in Japan
2. Ionizing radiation
3. Human exposure to ionizing radiation
4. Travel advice
5. Health effects
6. Public health actions
7. Personal protective measures
8. Food safety
9. WHO’s response
COUNTRY : INTERNATIONAL
“What is the current risk of radiation-related health problems in Japan to those near the reactor at the time, and those in other parts of Japan?
“The actions proposed by the Government of Japan are in line with the existing recommendations based on public health expertise. The government is asking people living within 20 km of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to evacuate and those between 20 km and 30 km away from the plant are asked to stay indoors in unventilated rooms. People living farther away are at lower risk than those who live nearby.
This assessment can change if there are further incidents at these plants and WHO is following the situation closely. However, radiation-related health consequences will depend on exposure. Exposure in turn is dependent on the amount of radiation released from the reactor, weather conditions such as wind and rain at the time of the exposure, the distance someone is from the plant, and the amount of time someone is in irradiated areas.
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