Environment Counts | Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident – Assessment of radiation health impacts :
The World Health Organization (WHO) was mandated by the UN to conduct a health risk assessment of the Fukishima Daiichi nuclear accident and to estimate the potential public health impact. This 2013 report provides the first major assessment of the health impact of radiation from the accident.
The report concludes, â€œoutside of the geographical areas most affected by radiation, even in locations within Fukushima prefecture, the predicted risks remain low and no observable increases in cancer above natural variation in baseline rates are anticipated. Some health effects of radiation, termed deterministic effects, are known to occur only after certain radiation dose levels are exceeded. The radiation doses in Fukushima prefecture were well below such levels and therefore such effects are not expected to occur in the general population.â€
Some of the WHO findings are being contested by other scientists.
Fukushima radiation health impact – WHO