By NHK TV Crew
Japan's worst nuclear radiation twist of fate came about at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tokaimura, northeast of Tokyo, on 30 September 1999. The direct reason for the coincidence used to be brought up because the depositing of a uranyl nitrate solution--containing approximately 16.6 kg of uranium, which passed the severe mass--into a precipitation tank. 3 employees have been uncovered to severe doses of radiation.
Hiroshi Ouchi, this kind of employees, was once transferred to the college of Tokyo health facility Emergency Room, 3 days after the twist of fate. Dr. Maekawa and his employees in the beginning notion that Ouchi regarded really good for an individual uncovered to such radiation degrees. He may speak, and in basic terms his correct hand used to be a bit swollen with redness. notwithstanding, his situation progressively weakened because the radioactivity broke down the chromosomes in his cells.
The medical professionals have been at a loss as to what to do. there have been only a few precedents and confirmed clinical remedies for the sufferers of radiation poisoning. below 20 nuclear injuries had happened on this planet to that time, and so much of these occurred 30 years in the past. This booklet files the next eighty three days of remedy till his passing, with particular descriptions and motives of the radiation poisoning.
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In other words, criticality can be prevented if the conditions and quantity are properly controlled. Measures based on two lim itations, mass lim itation and shape restric tion, can be taken to prevent criticality. Mass lim itation entails lim iting the quantity of uranium used each tim e to prevent criticality. However, criticality is not necessarily reached even if the quantity of uranium processed exceeds the mass lim itation. W ith an increase in the surface area of the container, neutrons scatter and do not com e into contact w ith other nuclei.
But she could not shake her anxiety. H o w can w e p ro tec t ou rselves? No one could answer that question. R ad ioa ctiv ity p r o b a b ly p ierces right through p a p er gow ns, she thought as she donned her gloves, gown and cap. W hen the other semi-night shift nurse, Junko Nawa, heard that one of the radiation accident victim s was being transferred to the hospital, she also felt frightened. W hat w ill h a p p en i f I ’m ex p o s e d to ra d ia tio n ? Nawa posed the question to physicians and did research on the Internet, but found no answers on the kind of protective wear that would prevent secondary radiation.
Nawa also spoke to Ouchi. " He also complained of pain in his hand. C ontrary to th e rest of h is body, w hich appeared 24 HOSPITAL TRANSFER unaffected, only his right hand caught one's attention. It was swollen and tinged red, like after a sudden sunburn. Ouchi had been holding the funnel to pour the uranium solution when he was exposed to radiation, and his right hand had been closest to th e precipitation tank that had experienced criticality. But at this point, his right hand, assumed to have received the m ost radiation, was only slightly swollen.