Jim, the effects of rads is unbelievable. I relate it to my mom. She died 26 years ago, and I am certain the breast cancer didn't kill her, but the radiation did. I taught my own mom to read and to write when I was 15, she was a fast learner but, not perfect. What absolutely was amazing me to me was what she did years later at 53. She kept a little notepad when she started taking radiation. I think she knew something was not right, yet never said anything to me, and to my knowledge to anyone else, but, in this notepad she wrote that she was put under the machine, was under there for a few minutes, pulled back out, sat back in the hallway, brought back in again. She wrote what she had overheard, it was a word she struggled to spell. Malfunctioned. She wrote the date, the time, and then, mal funtied.
The burns on her chest was horrible. I was 8 months pregnant and offering my skin to her doctor and he told me this, " we can't help her, if we did skin graphs they would turn malignant." When, I asked why, he said, " too much radiation."
My point is this. My mom was only under a few minutes. A couple times a week, for a couple months. I swear, my mom died of radiation poisoning. It doesn't take much. My mom was in huge pain til, the day she died. I didn't want her to leave, but, I didn't want her to hurt. Radiation, is something I believe is hard to control and I will never have it done. And, I think, we need to think of slowing down on building more plants for that very reason.
Whatever, is going on over there in Japan, isn't good, and all a person needs is some commonsense to understand that it is worse than anyone will say, or think. Why?
The same reason if you yell FIRE! Everyone is running and people get hurt. You don't live long when you got too much radiation. She lived a total of 19 months, the last 2 she was getting rads.