Harmful Effects of Nuclear Radiation

The meltdown of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant due to the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan is a wake up call for many nations to consider the safety of their nuclear power reactors. Let us find out the ill effects of nuclear radiation and how to safeguard from these harmful effects of nuclear radiation. Exposure to all levels of nuclear radiation is not fatal and this is measured by rems or mSv. Find out the radiation levels, their impacts and how to protect oneself from the ill effects of nuclear radiation.

With the news of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan meltdown due to the recent earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, it is time to know the harmful effects of nuclear radiation and how to withstand the ill effects of nuclear radiation. Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant is the first power plant to be constructed and run entirely by the Tokyo Electric Power Company. 

Nuclear radiation occurs from hundreds and thousands of unstable atoms. What is radiation poisoning? Radiation poisoning is also called as radiation sickness or creeping dose. Radiation poisoning happens when an ionizing radiation happens and the exposure to it damages organ tissues. The clinical name of radiation poisoning is Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS). 

Ionizing radiation, what is it? Universe is made of hundreds and thousands of atoms or molecules and when electromagnetic waves are energized enough to detach electrons from these atoms or molecules, ionizing radiation takes place. 

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Ill effects of Nuclear Radiation: 

The major symptoms of nuclear radiation are nausea and vomiting. These symptoms start to appear based on the intensity of the exposure to nuclear radiation. If the exposure is too high, symptoms start to appear immediately. In general, the symptoms start to appear within 24 to 48 hours of exposure to nuclear radiation. The radiation levels are measured in rems where 1 Sv = 100 rems.   

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Radiation levels between 100 and 200 rems: 

The exposure to nuclear radiation is below 100 rems is very negligible and majority of the times, it is unnoticeable. When the exposure to nuclear radiation is between 100 and 200 rems the symptoms are mild. In this type of radiation exposure, it is the intestinal tract lining that gets damaged; this results in nausea, diarrhea and blood vomiting. In certain cases, there are chances of sperm forming tissues getting damaged. These symptoms start to occur within the first 3 to 6 hours of exposure to nuclear radiation and may last for a day. 

After a few days the symptoms start to reappear as the blood cells die, but do not get replaced. This may result in loss of appetite and fatigue; this symptom lasts up to 4 weeks. There are possibilities of increase in infection even after the symptoms ceases to occur. 

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  1. CHIPMUNK Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 2:40 am

    All clued up great article


  2. aprilsong Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 2:45 am

    we all know nuclear radiation is horrible,but your article give me more details about that.


  3. SowmyaT Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Thanks for the detail info


  4. Ukrainian Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Great article, interesting and useful information.


  5. Raj the Tora Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 2:54 am

    excellent information in the times of crisis. This would help mitigating the ignorance in understanding the radiation and its aftermath. Wonder what would be the levels in India. Hope the Japanese leaks are stopped at the earliest to save our brethren


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  7. pruelpo Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 3:08 am

    Too dangerous for our health. Informative one.


  8. Sourav Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Great information… excellent article.


  9. pguims Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 4:53 am

    very excellent! I thought i have already known what must be learned about the effects of nuclear radiation. but you blew me away with this article..


  10. Eunice Tan Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 5:04 am

    We need this kind of info.


  11. anndavey650 Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 5:54 am

    This is a real worry with the news in Japan!


  12. Muthusamy R Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Well researched information and brilliant post. Explosion at troubled Japanese Nuclear Plant raises new rears of nuclear radiation. Thank you for sharing this post


  13. Atanacio Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 10:08 am

    a very important share I couldn’t get the 2nd page to open up right away–perhaps this should have been a two part article? yes.. no?


  14. Starpisces Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 10:28 am

    that is very scary.
    You have done a very good research, see, so well written and presented.


  15. webseowriters Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Thanks 4 sharing this informative post


  16. albert1jemi Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Thanks for sharing


  17. Gijo George Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 11:12 am

    It’s time to think about alternative sources of clean energy like solar and wind power. With more research these forms energy could be made available cheaper thereby reducing the risk of having a nuclear reactor for power generation.


  18. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Nuclear radiation can leave effects for years, just like what happened to Japanese nations when Hiroshima and Nagasaki was bombarded.


  19. DR.VNS Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Sounds horrible.


  20. Shirley Shuler Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Excellent article, thanks for the information.


  21. alexgadd Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Interesting article, well informed and well researched.


  22. Phoenix Montoya Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Very timely Anu, its so sad those people in Japan won’t avoid its affect. How very sad isn’t it and the long term effect is really scary too :(


  23. Lady Sunshine Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Very frightening. We humans shouldn\’t use nuclear energy. It will kill us.


  24. Inna Tysoe Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Yes. The effects can be devastating.


  25. LCM Linda Says...

    On March 16, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Great information. Well researched and written. Hope the nuclear crisis in Japan can be over the soonest.


  26. Jimmy Shilaho Says...

    On March 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Radiation sickness is one of the most dangerous things one can imagine.


  27. Brewed Coffee Says...

    On March 18, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Scary possibilities. I pray they will be able to contain the problem and would soon be able to declare that it is already safe and would not pose any more danger.


  28. papaleng Says...

    On March 18, 2011 at 3:04 am

    A very educational article and so timely, thanks for the share friend.


  29. Patrick Regoniel Says...

    On March 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I bookmarked this. Thanks for the info.


  30. allinone Says...

    On March 19, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Radiation, even when used in life saving procedures is dangerous. If one is exposed to radiation, one must guard one’s health to the best of one’s ability. It is imperative to decrease exposure time and strength of radiation to try and ensure future health.

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  31. allinone Says...

    On March 19, 2011 at 5:51 am

    Radiation, even when used in life saving procedures is dangerous. If one is exposed to radiation, one must guard one’s health to the best of one’s ability. It is imperative to decrease exposure time and strength of radiation to try and ensure future health.

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  32. CA Johnson Says...

    On March 21, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Your article was very informative and eye opening. I had no idea that you can suffer so much from nuclear radiation.


  33. adnan Says...

    On March 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    thaks for information bos


  34. Melody SJAL Says...

    On March 23, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Well-researched info. Radiation exposire is indeed dangerous.


  35. Uma Shankari Says...

    On March 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Good job…


  36. Homeopathy Says...

    On March 29, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    We need to be prepared for anything including nuclear radiation, plutonium and other poisons entering our environment wherever we are. Radiation effects include cancer, genetic and DNA damage, reproductive damage, hormonal damage, and thyroid damage (that’s why they want you to take potassium iodine, another dangerous toxin) but I wouldn’t. There is a much safer substance (nascent iodine).

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    On April 19, 2011 at 4:30 am

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