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2005 Sept 6: The World Health Organization (WHO) [www.who.int] has just released a major study on the effects of the Chernobyl accident. The press release is Chernobyl: the true scale of the accident. The gist of the report is that the effects were much smaller than what the scientific community had expected. The present estimate is 50 direct deaths among workers and fire fighters. The Soviets gave 37 as the number. Also 9 children died from thyroid cancer among 4,000 who got the disease, and this compares with a ten-years-after estimate of 4. These estimates are far lower than those given by the Ukrainian government when it was soliciting money from Russia and Western Europe. How many more people will die of cancer from Chernobyl cannot be calculated, because it is such a tiny fraction of normal cancer deaths. A calculation also depends on what theory is adopted for the effects of very low radiation doses.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-04-02 15:08:33
Description 2005 Sept 6: The World Health Organization (WHO) [www.who.int] has just released a major study on the effects of the Chernobyl accident. The press release is Chernobyl: the true scale of the accident. The gist of the report is that the effects were much smaller than what the scientific community had expected. The present estimate is 50 direct deaths among workers and fire fighters. The Soviets gave 37 as the number. Also 9 children died from thyroid cancer among 4,000 who got the disease, and this compares with a ten-years-after estimate of 4. These estimates are far lower than those given by the Ukrainian government when it was soliciting money from Russia and Western Europe. How many more people will die of cancer from Chernobyl cannot be calculated, because it is such a tiny fraction of normal cancer deaths. A calculation also depends on what theory is adopted for the effects of very low radiation doses.
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Source Stanford University
Keyword Chernobyl, Nuclear accident, Nuclear meltdown, China Syndrome
Date Of Record Creation 2009-04-02 15:03:48
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Date Last Modified 2010-07-12 19:59:54
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-04-02 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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