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The government of Japan for the first time recorded the fact of death of the person from radiation emitted from Fukushima nuclear power plant after the accident in 2011. About it reports Reuters with reference to representatives of the Ministry of health, labour and social welfare of the country.
The Ministry reported that men over 50 years died of lung cancer. He worked at various nuclear plants and at least twice has been at Fukushima since the accident. Cancer he was diagnosed with in February 2016. The family of the deceased will be paid compensation.
According to official data, due to the effects of radiation became ill four workers of Fukushima, this is the first death among them, said the Ministry. In addition, immediately after the accident at the station killed three workers, but not from radiation.
After the incident at nuclear power plants, more than 160 thousand people were forced to leave their homes. Among the refugees there was a sharp increase in mortality, but the authorities explained the victims of the chaos of the evacuation, trauma and poor access to health care. The government argued that direct radiation is not caused deaths. In addition, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, then killed 18 thousand people.
11 Mar 2011 in Japan, an earthquake of magnitude 9.1 that caused the tsunami. The disaster led to the accident at NPP “Fukushima-1” where has failed cooling system of reactors. It was the biggest nuclear disaster in 25 years after the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Works on liquidation of consequences of the accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant will take 40 years.
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