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Japan Nuke Disaster Will Kill Up to 1,300 People Worldwide, Study Estimates

Posted 17 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 17 – Radiation from last year's disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant may eventually cause up to 1,300 deaths and 2,500 cases of cancer worldwide, according to U.S. researchers who calculated the global health effects of the incident. Most of those deaths and cancer cases would occur in Japan, the Stanford University team said. Although their estimates have a large range of uncertainty, the findings challenge previous claims that the radioactivity released by the damaged plant was not likely to cause any severe health effects. The researchers' calculations are in addition to the approximately 600 deaths caused by the evacuation of the area around the nuclear plant after the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and meltdown. The study, published July 17 in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, is the first detailed analysis of how the disaster could affect ... Read more

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