Washington, May 24: A United Nations agency report has revealed that none of the six former reactor workers, who died since the Fukushima catastrophe, were due to the effects of radiation.
A year after an earthquake and tsunami triggered the Fukushima disaster, the report of U.N. Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) said that although several workers at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant were irradiated after contamination of their skin, “no clinically observable effects have been reported.”
In a statement to Fox News, UNSCEAR Chairman Wolfgang Weiss said that the agency is aiming to evaluate irradiation levels for about 2 million people living in Fukushima prefecture at the time of the March 11 reactor accident.
He said that UNSCEAR, which plans to report to the U.N. General Assembly next year, also has information about measurements made on the thyroids of over 1,000 children in the region.
In the 124-page report, it added that neighboring countries had levels similar to normal background radiation and for the rest of the world there was minor exposure through food.
The U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency has previously confirmed that radiation levels in some Japanese milk and vegetables reached significantly higher levels than Japan allows for consumption. (ANI)