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Fukushima workers in hospital after radiation exposure

first_img Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! 35 Views   no discussionscenter_img HealthLifestyle Fukushima workers in hospital after radiation exposure by: – March 24, 2011 Share Two workers at Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been taken to hospital after being exposed to high levels of radiation.The pair had been attempting to restore the cooling system in reactor 3, which was damaged by the quake on 11 March.Several workers have now been hurt on the site, an indication of the scale of the task facing them.Radiation levels in Tokyo’s water supply have now fallen, but remain high in other areas of northern Japan.The official death toll from the magnitude 9.0 quake and subsequent tsunami has now risen to 9,523. Another 16,094 people are listed as missing.Japan’s nuclear safety agency said three workers had been injured when their feet came into contact with radiation-contaminated water while laying cables in the turbine area of reactor 3.They were exposed to radiation levels of 170-180 millisieverts, he said, which is lower than the maximum level permitted for workers on the site of 250 millisieverts. Two of the workers were taken to hospital.“Although they wore protective clothing, the contaminated water seeped in and their legs were exposed to radiation,” said a spokesman.“Direct exposure to radiation usually leads to inflammation and so that’s why they were sent to the hospital to be treated.”Most people are exposed to 2 millisieverts over the average year, while 100 millisieverts is considered the lowest level at which any increase in cancer is clearly evident.The condition of the injured workers was not immediately known.Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano said the situation was “very regrettable”.‘Serious concern’The power plant’s cooling systems failed after the quake and tsunami, leading to the reactors overheating.Power has now been restored to the site, but work to restart the coolers in reactor 3 was briefly suspended on Wednesday after a plume of black smoke was seen coming from it.Tokyo Electric Power Co, which operates the plant, later allowed workers to re-enter after establishing there was no fire and that radiation level in the area had not risen.The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said there had been some “positive developments” at the site but that the situation was still “of serious concern”.The plant is 250km (155 miles) north-east of the capital, Tokyo. The government has declared a 20km exclusion zone and evacuated tens of thousands of people. Those living up to 30km away have been told to stay indoors to minimise exposure.People in Fukushima prefecture have been told not to eat 11 types of green leafy vegetables grown locally because of contamination worries. Local producers have been ordered not to send the goods to market.Tokyo residents were warned on Wednesday not to give tap water to babies less than a year old because levels of radioactive iodine – which can cause thyroid cancer – are twice the recommended safe level in some areas of the city.Officials stressed that children would have to drink a lot of it before it harmed them and urged people not to panic-buy. But supermarket shelves were reported to have been cleared of bottled water by Thursday morning.“Customers ask us for water. But there’s nothing we can do,” Masayoshi Kasahara, a supermarket worker in Tokyo told Reuters.“We are asking for more deliveries but we don’t know when the next shipment will come.”Emergency sheltersRadiation readings on Thursday showed levels in water in Tokyo had fallen back below the danger level, but the municipal authorities are distributing thousands of bottles of water to households with infants.The authorities in the nearby city of Kawaguchi, Saitama prefecture, also reported radiation levels above safety norms in its water supply on Thursday.Concern is also growing among Japan’s neighbours. Australia has become the latest country to ban food imports from the affected region.Police believe the final death toll from Japan’s twin disaster may be more than 18,000.Most of the deaths – 5,700 – have been reported in the prefecture of Miyagi. Three thousand bodies have been found in Iwate prefecture, and 776 in Fukushima.At least 18,000 houses were destroyed and 130,000 damaged, and more than 200,000 people are living in emergency shelters.The Japanese government has said it will cost as much as 25 trillion yen ($309bn; £189bn) to rebuild the country after the disaster.Source: BBC Newslast_img read more

As the decade closes, one of baseball’s end-of-season awards gains value

first_imgThe voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will be filing their end-of-season awards ballots over the next week. It’s the final round of voting this decade.Looking back on all the major award winners since 2010, a broad trend stands out: this was a strong decade for Rookies of the Year. The 2012 season gave us Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. Other winners include Buster Posey (2010), Craig Kimbrel (2011), Jose Fernandez (2013), Jacob deGrom and Jose Abreu (2014), Corey Seager (2016), Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge (2017). We might need a bigger window to assess the talents of Ronald Acuña Jr. and Shohei Ohtani (2018), but their promise remains robust.Even the weakest rookies among this decade’s winners were hardly one-hit wonders. Neftali Feliz (2010) enjoyed a five-year run as one of baseball’s best closers. Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer (2016) missed the entire 2019 season recovering from Tommy John surgery but at 26, he is young enough to hope the majority of his career lies ahead. Wil Myers (2013) was ultimately miscast as a National League utility player but is a valuable hitter when healthy.This trend line has been expressed differently before. Ask any manager, and he will rattle off a list of reasons why the game is getting younger. Player development techniques are better refined. The skills that pay the bills – power at the plate, speed on the mound – are being expressed at younger ages. Yordan Alvarez will soon become the 30th player since 2010 to amass at least 4 WAR in his rookie season. How does that number compare to past decades? How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire It’s no wonder the Rookie of the Year award winners this decade have been so good. Voters have had an unusually great selection of candidates.This trend bodes well for Alvarez, a left fielder, and Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, my picks to win the 2019 Rookie of the Year award in each league. Each seems more likely to be a perennial All-Star than the next Bob Hamelin. Since I am not permitted to disclose the order on my one actual ballot (NL Most Valuable Player), I will withhold from offering a prediction in that category.Here are my selections for the other major awards:AL MVPThe debate between Trout and Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, while healthy, is a fairly short one.With 104 RBIs, Trout’s bat had accounted for 14.4 percent of the Angels’ runs through Tuesday. Bregman plays for a much more talented team in Houston. Had he not driven in 12.2 percent of the Astros’ runs, another talented teammate might have filled in capably. Trout was the more valuable player to his team at the plate by the oldest of old-school stats. He also played a premium defensive position (center field) capably.I personally loathe the idea of punishing an individual for his teammates’ attributes, positive or negative. If you believe the best player in his league is the most valuable, Trout leads Bregman in every public version of WAR, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and good old home runs – despite playing 16 fewer games (and counting). Trout is the MVP, regardless of which stats or interpretation of “value” one prefers.AL CY YOUNGThe tete a tete between Astros teammates Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander has been a marvel. Their dual dominance echoes Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, who combined to go 47-12 for the 2002 Diamondbacks and finished 1-2 in Cy Young voting. Johnson led the National League in ERA that year and was the unanimous winner. The vote between Cole and Verlander will be closer.Cole has the higher strikeout total. Verlander has thrown more innings with a lower WHIP. Their ERAs are separated by one-hundredth of a run, with one start remaining for each pitcher. Advanced pitching metrics are split, but generally agree that this is a close race. There is no bad choice here. I’m partial to Verlander, who has been slightly more durable, slightly more consistent, and no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays on Sept. 1.AL ROOKIEThe only flaw in Alvarez’s credentials? The Astros waited until June 9 to promote him to the major leagues, costing him more than two months in what has become an epic season.Measured by Weighted Runs Created plus (WRC+), which adjusts a hitter’s production to his park and era, Alvarez’s season is the best ever by a rookie in either league. At 22 years old, his walk rate is higher than that of Trout at the same age. Alvarez is an easy selection.AL MANAGERThe Yankees won 100 games despite sending 30 players to the injured list, a major league record. I am not convinced this alone should elevate Manager Aaron Boone to the forefront of this race – he did not personally draft, sign, or trade for the Yankees’ fill-in players – but history says it’s a good starting point.First-year manager Rocco Baldelli deserves credit for guiding the Twins to a division title after an underachieving 2018 season. Kevin Cash managed the Rays into wild-card contention with an unconventional approach to pitching and defense. A.J. Hinch might be the best manager in either league, though he receives relatively little credit for the Astros’ annual dominance. All are deserving of the award; Boone will certainly win.NL CY YOUNGThe case of Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu rests on his 2.45 earned-run average, which still led all of baseball through Tuesday despite gaining nearly a full run since Aug. 1. Advanced metrics like WAR and Deserved Run Average cannot fully extricate Ryu’s means of dominance – confusing hitters with pitch sequencing and location to induce weak contact – from his luck. Over a full season, that seems unfair; Ryu makes his 29th start on Saturday in San Francisco.Unless Ryu no-hits the Giants, the favorite is Jacob deGrom, the defending Cy Young winner and the preferred candidate of WAR. Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg leads the NL in wins and DRA. Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer is the league’s most dominant pitcher by strikeout rate. Those four – Ryu, deGrom, Strasburg and Scherzer – each have a valid case.Ryu’s minuscule 1.95 ERA at Dodger Stadium suggests his method works better in his pitcher-friendly home park. I’m slightly more sympathetic to deGrom or Strasburg, whose home/road splits are negligible. The final start by each pitcher might resolve this coin toss.NL ROOKIEWhen Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. suffered a serious back injury in August, we were denied a potential photo finish with Alonso. Tatis was hitting for power and average, and making elite plays at shortstop daily, when his season ended prematurely.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies 2000s: 231990s: 201980s: 221970s: 341960s: 26center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Alonso is plenty deserving. He is the first National League rookie to hit 50 home runs in a single season, the most by any player in Mets history. Milwaukee second baseman Keston Hiura, Pittsburgh outfielder Bryan Reynolds, Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo and Nationals outfielder Victor Robles deserve down-ballot support, but Alonso’s win might be unanimous.NL MANAGERThe Brewers provided manager Craig Counsell with the narrative he needs to win: They overcame unreliable starting pitching and an injury to MVP candidate Christian Yelich to contend for a wild-card berth and a division title. Milwaukee had scored as many runs as it allowed (743) through Tuesday, yet was 17 games over .500.Don’t ignore Dave Roberts, particularly if the Dodgers are able to match or exceed the franchise record for wins (105) this week. Atlanta’s Brian Snitker, St. Louis’ Mike Shildt and Washington’s Dave Martinez could also siphon meaningful votes, but I imagine this award is Counsell’s to lose. Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more