Read the article about Fukushima in this month’s Popular Science found here:

Answer the following questions:

1) Explain why contaminated water has been such a big issue for Fukushima.

2) Did the radioactive material in the reactors break containment? Explain.

3) Based on what we learned in Chapter 4 and the information in the article, what is your chance to get cancer if you spend one year in the (still evacuated) town of Tomioka? Assume the Linear No-Threshold Model is correct. (Hint: Convert the units of microsieverts per hour to rem per year, then use the same method described in HW X2.) Show your work for all calculations.

The attachments are HW X2 and Chapter 4


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