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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-14-11 01:57 PM
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1. My guess is that the best way to determine
the ultimate death toll from Chernobyl is to compare death rates in the years preceding the incident, to the death rates in the same area for some years after. I'm not sure how many were evacuated from the immediate area, and tracking those people, who would no doubt have been exposed to excess radiation before they left, might be tricky.

This assumes very good record keeping, and I have no idea how good the record keeping in various parts of the world is.

Something similar, I believe, has been done about the Three Mile Island event, but I'm not up on the details.

Right now it is too soon to say much about the death toll from Fukishima. Only time will tell.
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