News: チェルノブイリの記憶~原発から1300km地点での鼻血、甲状腺機能障害

I write this to Japanese readers.

This is a really valuable message. We couldn’t take it too seriously.

We mustn’t repeat the tragedy.


This is a communication with a reader and me.


It was under


Only several weeks ago did I put some pieces together.

In the winter following Chernobyl, I had intense nosebleeds. They would start when I was in the classroom, writing an exam, or in the morning, right before breakfast, or outside, playing with other kids.

I was about 10 years old. I mostly remember that the nosebleeds were sudden, violent and copious. My parents had to buy a lot of handkerchiefs for me (maybe paper tissues were not popular back then).

They stopped when the winter was over and never came back.

Chernobyl was about 2000 km away and no one from the circle of my family and friends had ever been there.



チェルノブイリは約1300km離れています。(原文の2000kmというのは誤り) 親類や家族でもそこに実際に行った人はいません。


Do you think it has something to do with radiation?



Definitely. I was not able to see the connection before, but now I do.

A member of my family also developed severe health problems which are still unresolved, and I understand now that they are Chernobyl-related.



That is crucially important info.I would love to hear more detailed story,such as the color of the nosebleed,stickiness etc., and also what kind of disease your family had, if it is ok.

Where are you located at?

非常に重要な証言ですね。出来ればもっとお話を伺いたいのですが。たとえば鼻血の色や、粘り気 などなど。


I spent my childhood and youth in former Yugoslavia (I don’t mean Serbia, I mean Yugoslavia before 1991). My region is 2000 km away from Chernobyl.


In the year of Chernobyl’s accident, I was not allowed to play outside or eat strawberries and other fruits. Yet that winter, as I said, I had intense nose bleeds.


I am not certain whether I have any long term consequences, but I do have chronic problems with fatigue and sleep. I think I need a lot more physical rest than other people my age. I eat very healthy food, but I don’t seem to get a lot of energy from it. I don’t smoke or drink, and my parents are very physically active. Sometimes I experience a metallic taste in my mouth.


My sister developed hyperthyroidism some three years after the Chernobyl accident. She was a young adult who spent a lot of time hiking and swimming.


After 15 years, she had to have her thyroid removed because it was causing constant severe problems. She lost all of her hair, and it did not grow back (it’s been 4 years now). She could not have any children, and she has to have medications every day for the rest of her life because she does not have a thyroid any more.


I have heard of other cases similar to hers.


In addition, a member of our family died recently after handling radioactive materials used on a US military base to create depleted uranium shells. He was a healthy man in his 50s. He developed cancer and died very painfully.


Depleted uranium shells were also dropped on my country in the 1990s as well as on Iraq and Lebanon. It seems that cancer rates among children went up 10-fold. **I think it’s very important to study long-term effects in Iraq**, which was bombed very severely. I am grateful to Busby for mentioning Iraq repeatedly.


Because Chernobyl was a lot less severe than Fukushima (it only looked more spectacular), I think many Japanese, especially the children, will develop problems much sooner than my sister did. My heartfelt advice is for people to evacuate. Long-term consequences are immense. It doesn’t mean everyone will experience them, but many did, and it’s unpredictable.


Best wishes to everyone…



Well, it seems certain that radiation spreads unevenly.

In my sister’s case (and a few others) it is clear that she was affected. But my parents weren’t, nor was my brother. Perhaps that makes the point that children (me) and young women (my sister) are more vulnerable than adults or young males.


She was a student in Sarajevo at the time, and air in Sarajevo pools because of the mountains and stays there for a while along with any particles.


That could be another reason. Otherwise it would mysterious, because she was further to the south than we were, even further away from Chernobyl.


I should also add that before Fukushima, I had not realized that my sister’s health problem is related to Chernobyl.


Some connections only appear in hindsight.


My sister is a middle-class professional, meaning that she has excellent health care in Germany, but no doctor was ever able to help or to explain why she developed this problem.



I don’t know why I’m still in Japan!!



PS Unfortunately, I don’t remember many details about the nosebleeds except that they happened very frequently and suddenly when winter started.

A lot of blood came out every time (but I don’t remember the color or the texture). I only know I was feeling very helpless and afraid.

I only realized last month that this was directly connected to Chernobyl.

追伸 残念ながら、鼻血についてはあまりよく覚えていませんが、冬が始まるとすごい頻繁におこって、しかも突然だったのを思い出します。

量や粘度などについては覚えてませんが、毎回大量に出たのを覚えています。 これがチェルノブイリと関係すると気づいたのも、先月のことです。


Thank you very much. If possible,I’d like to post your comment with Japanese translation. Is that ok?

I’m wishing the best for your sister too.



Of course you can translate!

Thank you for the good wishes. I also hope for the best for the Japanese people. You are on my mind all the time.


I just checked the precise distance and it’s about 1300 km by air from Chernobyl to my region, NOT 2000 km.


However, my sister moved to Germany where she developed her problem as an adult, and Germany is more than 2000 km away from Chernobyl.


I should add that Yugoslavia was not a member of the Eastern Block. We did not have many people going back and forth between the two regions. Most of the contamination must have happened through air and water.



You saved my life. I really appreciate you. If you remember some other things, please inform me!



I will let you know if I remember anything else.

I am very worried about this and it’s important to be able to help.

The only other thing that comes to mind right now is that friends of my parents had a child who was born with severe cerebral palsy around that time, but I honestly have no idea whether that’s related.

In the case of thyroid problems and fatigue, the connection is a lot more obvious.


A friend of mine doesn’t care about radiation at all. Exactly speaking, maybe she doesn’t even know where Fukushima is located at. She lives exactly like before 311.

Though Tepco let everything leaked to the sea, she even went to the beach and swam in it around Tokyo.

I saw her last week. I had not seen her for about 2 months. Maybe I should not tell it to her, but her eyes were swollen and looked like they were coming out. A typical symptom of thyroid disease.

The situation is serious. It’s time to face the truth.



My sister’s eyes are the same way since she got sick. Bulging, a bit uncontrolled in their movement.


She used to be a beauty queen and a professional dancer. The loss of her health is very traumatic to her.


Ironically, the eye effect is called by a Japanese name, after the Japanese scientist who first described it.



Is it Hashimoto disease? That must have been very traumatic for her. I’m so so so sorry.



I know a few other people with thyroid problems, but in their cases, I don’t know where they were during Chernobyl and what they were doing.


Usually doctors say that the high number of thyroid diseases is due to low iodine content of German drinking water. But that cannot be the case with my sister, because she developed her hyperthyroidism right BEFORE she came to Germany, and she drinks mineral water and consumes iodized salts.


PS It’s not genetic, no one else in my family had thyroid problems or cancers.

追伸 遺伝ではありません。家族で彼女以外に甲状腺に障害を持ったり癌になったりした人はいないからです。

My parents are extremely healthy, even though they eat meat and very little fruits and vegetables. Their parents were also healthy and lived to the age of 80+.


I eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, a lot of water and fruit juices, a lot of fish (two to three times a week) and tofu, and I am thirty years younger than my parents, but I have a lot less energy than they do.


The Hashimoto effect seems to have happened two or three years later, but the weird part is that doctors connect it with hypothyroidism, and she clearly had **hyper**thyroidism (loss of weight, nervousness, shakiness). I don’t know why there were elements of both.


  1. I am embarrassed but I hope it will be of help.

    It seems that the bulging eye actually belongs to Graves’ Opthamolopathy syndrome, but I got them mixed up because in my sister’s case, she has BOTH Hashimoto and Graves.

    She told me last weekend that she did not want to lose her thyroid gland, and that it makes her miserable to have to be completely reliant on medications which have a lot of side effects.

    Everyone in the family always asks about her hair, but she thinks the loss of the thyroid gland is much worse than the loss of hair.

  2. I am sorry for MX’s sister, her case sounds related to radioactivity, maybe Chernobyl, maybe something closer to home. There are tens of hotspots in Europe now for several reasons. I know that Mochi-san is always on the look-out for low-level contamination like nose-bleed but it’s mostly meaningless. My son has had some for a long time, actually less since 3-11. A lot of psychosomatic symptoms can appear when people are stressed out, also when they deny that there is a problem as so many do. Read about psychology, PSDS, etc. I am not saying that you are not experiencing some radioactivity in Tokyo, only that physiological response to psychological disorders can be surprising and similar to what you often describe.

  3. There are to mayor plants that can be used to dampen or can be used as asmatic medicine.
    This is powerfull stuff and sould be used very carefully and in small doses.
    The leafs dryed and smoked or drunken in Te.

    And the second is like wise, only not that powerfull and can be used to heal and dampen respiratory problems.
    The same, leafs dryed and smoken or used as Te, and by that way you can use the whole plant, Our creator and creatress gift to mankind.
    The first one is a halusagenic and use it with care.

    Take care.


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This website updates the latest news about the Fukushima nuclear plant and also archives the past news from 2011. Because it's always updated and added live, articles, categories and the tags are not necessarily fitted in the latest format.
I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


October 2011