Exaggerated radiation dangers

I've been hearing that many foreign news outlets are inducing radiation panic throughout the world, leading to many foreigners to abandon Japan and sending many people around the world flocking to buy iodine pills (which ostensibly help reduce the effects of radiation).

Well, here's a bit of sensibility from the WHO via NHK World English:
The World Health Organization has said radiation levels outside the evacuation zone in Japan are not harmful for human health.

The Japanese government issued an advisory on Tuesday to evacuate from a 20-kilometer radius of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It also told people living within a 30-kilometer radius to stay indoors.

He said the amount of radiation being reported outside of the evacuation zone continued to be below the levels considered a public health risk.

He said the WHO finds no public health reason to avoid travel to Japan, except to the affected areas, or to recommend that foreign nationals leave the country.
I can understand the concern about the radiation, but let's not exacerbate the problem by panicking over misinformation and let's not forget about the areas and lives destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami. According to the BBC, at last count there were over 20,000 dead or missing and cities have been destroyed.


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