A decent backgrounder on the Japanese nuclear situation. And it\’s in The Guardian.
\”What happened at Chernobyl, which was a much more serious accident than this, was that the local Soviet authorities were in denial, they didn\’t get people out of the area, they didn\’t evacuate quickly enough, and they allowed children to continue to drink heavily contaminated milk, and as a consequence, many children received high doses of radiation, a sievert and greater, to the thyroid and we\’ve seen thousands of thyroid cancers as a consequence,\” Wakeford said.
\”In 1957 radioiodine was released in the Windscale fire in Cumbria . They monitored it and tipped the milk away. If they had done that at Chernobyl they could have prevented much of the problem.\”