“…..fallout disseminated worldwide from the meltdowns in four reactors at the Fukushima-Dai-ichi plant in Japan beginning March 11, 2011 included radioiodine isotopes. Just days after the meltdowns, I-131 concentrations in US precipitation was measured up to 211 times above normal. Highest levels of I-131 and airborne gross beta were documented in the five US States on the Pacific Ocean. The number of congenital hypothyroid cases in these five states from March 17-December 31, 2011 was 16% greater than for the same period in 2010, compared to a 3% decline in 36 other US States (p < 0.03)
SAN DIEGO – Two years later, the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan may be affecting the health of young children in San Diego.
“We should take this very seriously,” said Joseph Mangano, the executive director of the New York- based Radiation and Public Health Project, which researches the impact of nuclear power.
In a study of states in the West Coast and in the Pacific, infants born soon after the nuclear disaster were 28 percent more likely to develop congenital hypothyroidism, which can lead to stunted growth.
In California, that number jumped to 39 percent.
Michael Knight is an independent writer who began an international career in all media in 1960. He now owns The Portland Preparedness Center in Portland Oregon. twitter: @JournoMichael
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