Japan Radioactivity Could Impact Family Life

The earthquake that struck Japan on July 24, 2011 had immediate, destructive impacts on the landscape. Massive destruction from the subsequent tsunami was particularly harmful, destroying large communities and damaging the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The plant has leaked radiation ever since, which has caused worry for millions of people.

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News media outlets have followed the story, but the results of testing, according to some, have not shown the true scope of the disaster. While economic reports and auto industry assessments have been beneficial for CJ Pony parts and other businesses recovering from the recent economic difficulties, families in Japan have to consider their safety every day. Many people were evacuated from the danger zone, but radiation can spread in various ways.

The radiation from the nuclear plant is in the air in the surrounding area, and some reports indicate it has gotten into the food and water supply. Ingesting fish and vegetables that have radiation, for example, increases internal exposure that experts say is more dangerous than exposure to radiation outside the body. Exposure at the cellular level can cause fundamental changes in DNA that can last for generations.

Radioactivity exposure often has immediate effects like diarrhea and nosebleeds, while cancer is a possibility in the long run. Genetic diseases can be passed on to children, such as cystic fibrosis and mental disorders. While the effects on adults are bad enough, children are many times more likely to suffer as a result of being exposed to radiation.

In addition to getting by economically, families must worry about whether radioactivity presents significant hazards to their health. Daily essentials, such as drinking water, putting food on the table, and going outside present risks that cannot be avoided.

Economic Impacts

 

The economy following the Japan earthquake was severely impacted, the biggest effects being in manufacturing and the auto industry. Supply shortages and power outages slammed production after the disaster, which had an impact on local and foreign economies, including the United States.

In April 2012 Toyota, Nissan and Honda reported large rises in output compared to the previous year in the same timeframe. Even if you recently purchased a Mustang spoiler or other part for an old or used car, these figures seem to indicate a significant economic trend, even in the face of adversity.

The economic and health effects of the earthquake in Japan are nonetheless important to note. Improvements in the economy are broadcast across many news outlets, but where the radiation threat continues, people wonder about their daily exposure and how it is going to affect their lives in the near and short-term. For families, this means doing the best to protect their children and even their unborn.

Now that you know more about how the Japan earthquake has affected health, you may find the need to learn more about how it has affected the economy … it’s obvious it will have a more negative impact than the positive influence of a projected healthy auto industry and demand for CJ Pony parts. This guest post was written by Michael.


 

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