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Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

  • Fukushima Monkeys' Blood Shows Signs of Radiation Exposure
    Wild monkeys living in forests of Fukushima — the Japanese city that was the site of a nuclear power plant meltdown in 2011 — have lower blood cell counts than monkeys from northern Japan, and carry detectable levels of cesium in their bodies, researchers have found. The researchers studied blood changes and signs of radiation exposure in 61 monkeys living 43 miles (70 kilometers) from the ...  

  • Fukushima study emphasizes unthinkable US nuclear disasters
    A Fukushima study released Thursday advises the US nuclear industry to protect against highly unlikely but worst-case scenarios. Earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, and solar storms are among the unusual events studied by the National Academy of Sciences in its Fukushima study.  

  • Fukushima monkeys show possible 'effects of radiation'
    Monkeys near the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant have lower blood cell counts than cousins living further away, possibly because of radiation exposure, a study said Thursday. Fewer blood cells could make the monkeys more prone to disease, they said, and "may suggest that the immune system has been compromised to some extent". The team had compared white and red blood cell levels in ...  

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About Chernobyl

So where is Chernobyl and what happened there?

Chernobyl is a city in northern Ukraine that has been abandoned since 1986 due to a well-known nuclear accident of catastrophic proportions that is referred to as the Chernobyl Disaster. Although Chernobyl is largely uninhabited, there are still a small amount of people that live in the general area. There are also some personnel of the Zone of Alienation (the 30 km/19 mi exclusion zone around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster is administered by a special administration) that are stationed around the city. Before the Chernobyl Disaster, the city had about 14,000 residents.

Chernobyl Disaster

Boom goes nuclear reactor #4.

People with an interest in the world’s biggest civilian nuclear disaster can visit the Chernobyl power plant starting in 2011. The Ukrainian government hopes to attract tourists in order to bring some money into the economy. Where tourists are allowed to go, how long they may stay, and what they eat while visiting Chernobyl will be carefully controlled. After the Chernobyl Disaster, it was uncertain how contaminated the surroundings were, and so the authorities declared an arbitrary distance from the reactor to be off-limits to people. Researchers later found that some areas within the Chernobyl exclusion zone contained only low levels of radiation.