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Evaluation of the Response to the Fukushima Accident

Miska, Horst

doi: 10.1097/HP.0000000000000514
Operational Topic

The cause for the severity of the Fukushima nuclear accident is explained, and the radiological consequences are assessed. Moreover, the non-radiological effects are critically evaluated and failures in onsite and offsite emergency response highlighted. In conclusion, disregarding the principle of justification, the evacuation of residents and hospital patients was implemented too rigorously, resulting in unnecessary fatalities due to the protective action.

*Ex European Commission—DG Environment, Brussels; on leave from the Ministry of the Interior Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz, Germany.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

For correspondence contact: Horst Miska, Am Alten Bahnhof 41 55270 Klein-Winternheim.

(Manuscript accepted 27 January 2016)

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