A Slow Death: 83 Days of Radiation Sickness by NHK TV Crew

By NHK TV Crew

Japan's worst nuclear radiation twist of fate happened at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tokaimura, northeast of Tokyo, on 30 September 1999. The direct explanation for the coincidence used to be brought up because the depositing of a uranyl nitrate solution--containing approximately 16.6 kg of uranium, which handed the serious mass--into a precipitation tank. 3 staff have been uncovered to severe doses of radiation.

Hiroshi Ouchi, this sort of staff, was once transferred to the collage of Tokyo medical institution Emergency Room, 3 days after the coincidence. Dr. Maekawa and his employees at the beginning idea that Ouchi regarded rather good for anyone uncovered to such radiation degrees. He may perhaps speak, and merely his correct hand used to be a bit swollen with redness. even though, his situation progressively weakened because the radioactivity broke down the chromosomes in his cells.

The medical professionals have been at a loss as to what to do. there have been only a few precedents and confirmed scientific remedies for the sufferers of radiation poisoning. lower than 20 nuclear injuries had happened on this planet to that time, and so much of these occurred 30 years in the past. This e-book files the subsequent eighty three days of therapy till his passing, with certain descriptions and reasons of the radiation poisoning.

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Serious by nature, Hosokawa felt guilty about her anxiety concerning secondary radiation. But she could not shake her anxiety. H o w can w e p ro tec t ou rselves? No one could answer that question. R ad ioa ctiv ity p r o b a b ly p ierces right through p a p er gow ns, she thought as she donned her gloves, gown and cap. W hen the other semi-night shift nurse, Junko Nawa, heard that one of the radiation accident victim s was being transferred to the hospital, she also felt frightened. W hat w ill h a p p en i f I ’m ex p o s e d to ra d ia tio n ?

At distances slightly further away from the radiation source, the effect on the body becomes significantly smaller. This explains why different parts of Ouchi's body were exposed to varying intensities of neutron beams, resulting in a large disparity betw een areas, a radiation phenom enon called unequal irradiation. When Ouchi was supporting the filter, the right side of his body was closest to the precipitation tank in which the criticality reaction occurred. Hence, his right abdomen was th e area assum ed to have received the highest dose of radiation, w ith the exception of his limbs.

However, criticality is not necessarily reached even if the quantity of uranium processed exceeds the mass lim itation. W ith an increase in the surface area of the container, neutrons scatter and do not com e into contact w ith other nuclei. Fission chain reactions therefore do not occur, and criticality is prevented. Known as shape restriction, this preventative measure uses a container whose shape prevents criticality from being reached. T h e shadow guide outlined the use of a long, narrow shape— in other words, a storage tower w ith a large surface area— to prevent criticality.

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