Sep 29, 2014

Iodine pills distributed near Ehime, Saga nuclear plants

Iodine pills have been distributed to people living near nuclear power plants in Ehime and Saga prefectures for emergency use in the event of a radiation release. The pills flood the body to prevent the thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive isotopes of iodine, like ...

Jul 13, 2013

Iodine tablets no prevention

To require local governments to keep enough potassium iodide pills on hand in the event of another nuclear disaster could give people a false sense of security.

JAEA map shows early iodine fallout

Jun 27, 2013

JAEA map shows early iodine fallout

by Kazuaki Nagata

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency discloses a radiation map showing how iodine-131 likely spread in the early stages of the Fukushima meltdowns, a development that could help doctors locate unsuspecting cancer victims.

Jun 6, 2013

NRA updates nuclear crisis responses, iodine provision

New rules on the distribution of stable iodine tablets in areas near troubled nuclear plants were among the revised guidelines on crises responses adopted Wednesday by the Nuclear Regulation Authority. The guidelines also include better planning for radiation monitoring in emergencies. “There has been ...

Dec 1, 2012

Taking iodine before fallout hits is key: NRA

The Nuclear Regulation Authority released Friday the results of a computer simulation on how the use of iodine tablets by people around nuclear plants can protect their thyroids from excessive exposure to radiation in the event of a severe catastrophe. The NRA’s estimate, compiled ...