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Fukushima: BBC Debunked

 Sources cited 

The BBC Program

CNN Report Quoted

The Yomiuri Daily Table

Atomic-Bombing Survivors Study 

In light of that study, it’s worth noting that the Japanese government calculated that the Cesium-137 alone emitted from Fukushima as of late August was 168 times more radioactive than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/8722400/Fukushima-caesiu…

IAEA Report Quoted

NYAS Review (Yablokov et al.) Cited

Extra: detailed complaint submitted to BBC over the program critiqued in this video :


1:53 I cite a false analogy Al Khalili commits, which takes this form:

1. Fukushima and the tsunami are similar in that both were disasters. 
2. The tsunami’s harm is measured by its death toll before 9/14/11.
3. Therefore, Fukushima’s harm is measured by its death toll before 9/14/11.

That argument from analogy is assumed implicitly in his comparison aired on Sept 14, 2011. We cannot conclude as he wishes us to that the tsunami was far worse unless we accept that analogy as true. However, it’s a false analogy on account of the fact that the harm of radiation exposure is also measured by the deaths it causes years and decades later.