Without Googling, and just relying on your sense of the disaster, what’s your best guess? Mine was probably in the teens somewhere – and I have a feeling that based on the coverage, most people would probably estimate about the same. After all, wasn’t it rated as the same type of accident as Chernobyl?
Turns out, not so much – there were no immediate deaths from radiation and Fukushima, and only a handful of workers got a dose of radiation that would increase their chance of cancer.
I’ve got an article planned for later in the week on the “Doomsday Clock”, but it’s worth noting that the recent decision to move the clock one minute “closer to midnight” partially as a result of the Fukushima reactor accident. I don’t fully understand the logic here – as a result of the 4th largest earthquake on record AND a massive tsunami, an accident killed NO people, and that moves the clock? While Fukushima certainly provides some valuable lessons in the design, maintenance and protection of nuclear power, nothing to me about this accident suggests that nuclear power is moving us any closer to Doomsday.