Dec 27, 2011 – Herent, Belgium
So, I’m not sure if this was done up to scientific standards, but it still could hint of harmful effects of low-level radioactivity. The above counter-viewpoint was added later:
“WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Impact Seen As Roughly Comparable to Radiation-Related Deaths After Chernobyl; Infants Are Hardest Hit, With Continuing Research Showing Even Higher Possible Death Count.
An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services. This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima. Authors Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman note that their estimate of 14,000 excess U.S. deaths in the 14 weeks after the Fukushima meltdowns is comparable to the 16,500 excess deaths in the 17 weeks after the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986. The rise in reported deaths after Fukushima was largest among U.S. infants under age one. The 2010-2011 increase for infant deaths in the spring was 1.8 percent, compared to a decrease of 8.37 percent in the preceding 14 weeks. [...]” Continue reading: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/medical-journal-article-14000-us-deaths-tied-to-fukushima-reactor-disaster-fallout-2011-12-19
See also the European Committee on Radiation Risk’s findings @ assessing the health effects of radioactive fallout.
About the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s monitoring it states: ”[...] the 2011 EPA reports cannot be used with confidence for any comprehensive assessment of temporal trends and spatial patterns of U.S. environmental radiation levels originating in Japan. [...]”
That the US was “affected” makes sense when you look at the SIMULATED fallout distribution maps [CLICK MAP below for animated version, as well those for Chornobyl], and it would be surprising (to the non-expert that I am) if there were no long-term effects. I’d suspect effects won’t show up in statistics until a decade or two from now, though: