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Monday, 11 July 2011 18:48

Wild Radiation Speculation Unfounded

Written by  Dr. TOM PHELAN

As the situation has progressed, there has been more than adequate media speculation on the damage to the nuclear power plants at Fukushima Dai-ichi.Now that radiation exposure has been measured, continuing the evacuation in areas within the immediate areas up to 20 kilometers from the plant is recommended but speculating about radiation at a level to seriously impact the rest of Japan or any other nation is simply unfounded.Recovery is a different matter. First there is the issue of lives and property lost or damaged by both the earthquake and the tsunami. Comforting those who lost loved ones, the injured, and the homeless due to displacement is the first humanitarian concern. Rebuilding is next, perhaps starting with replacing the damaged or destroyed electric transmission and distribution system. Without power, returning to homes and businesses will be greatly hampered. This could take months. The economic impact should be of concern far