[ RadSafe ] Radiation fears have prevented authorities from collecting as many as 1, 000 bodies

Franz Schönhofer franz.schoenhofer at chello.at
Wed Apr 6 14:37:08 CDT 2011


The situation in Fukushima is bad, but much worse in my opinion is the two
faced (according to my dictionary) attitude, which does not clearly
distinguish between the catastroph caused by the earthquake and the Tsunami
together and on the other hand of the nuclear disaster. 

In the international mass media the different causes are "deliberately?"
mixed together. This seems to be the case in this press message. Bodies
exposed to "high levels of radiation" would not be radioactive. 

I refrain to comment more on that message, because it is to disgusting and a
lack of reverence for the dead. Shame on those "journalists"!


Franz Schoenhofer, PhD
MinRat i.R.
Habicherg. 31/7
A-1160 Wien/Vienna

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Von: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu
[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] Im Auftrag von Gaglierd, Tony
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 06. April 2011 21:02
An: radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu
Betreff: [ RadSafe ] Radiation fears have prevented authorities from
collecting as many as 1, 000 bodies

Radiation fears have prevented authorities from collecting as many as 1,000
bodies of victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami from within the
20-km-radius evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant

Bodies had been "exposed to high levels of radiation after death." Elevated
levels of radiation were found on a body in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture,
about 5 km from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

Does anyone know or have a reference that would give some values to the
ambient radiation levels in the No Go Zone? How about contamination levels?

"Elevated levels of radiation were found on a body..." I assume that was
contamination? Not activity? How much contamination? What isotopes I-131,

Based on risk benefit, and not being disrespectful of the dead, is the risk
acceptable to retrieve these bodies and process them for proper burial?

With DHH and CDC,s sudden interest in Nuclear detonation, and having been in
the past and presently involved in Nuclear Preparedness Planning, I wonder
how we would plan for and deal with this issue post attack or more
realistically post sever power plant incident?

Considering what I've seen coming from these folks it's a veiled copy of the
old CD RDO program. Radiation is Radiation, Contamination is contamination,
Fallout is Fallout.

P.S. Let's get on with putting the spent fuel in Yucca Mountain, and in the
future reprocess it. Carter was a Nuclear Engineer, what's Obama's Excuse?

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