Obviously, the greatest danger is to those living closest to the damaged reactors, just as it was in the Chernobyl accident , which is why many Japanese have been evacuated as far from this location as possible. But as we all know, the majority of the deaths caused by the Chernobyl accident occurred many years later (in the form of cancer related problems), and these have been estimated at around one million.
No one is suggesting that the radiation currently drifting over the United States and Canada is going to cause instant deaths, the levels would have to be extremely high to do that. The danger may not become apparent for many more years.
The problems we can expect to see will be an increase in the cancer rates over the next 20-30 years, and many more "defects' appearing in births (in the short term). And the longer the radiation leak continues in Japan, the more people will be affected.
It is not unrealistic to expect many millions to die as a result of this nuclear accident over the next 30 years. Hiding the facts, or playing around with the figures, is not going to prevent this from happening, but by keeping the public informed of the truth and suggesting ways in which to reduce the risk, could help to limit the damage considerably.
Clearly, the authorities have chosen to cover-up the seriousness of the problem, and it is our duty to ask the question WHY?
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