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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.