The reactor meltdown at Chernobyl was a major nuclear accident and some of the land and food in parts of Europe are still contaminated from its fallout, although a quarter of a century has passed since. Fukushima seems to be worse – orders of magnitude worse according to Dr. Helen Caldicott, who explains why in a video made in April this year:
The contamination is being downplayed by the Japanese government, its scientists and the nuclear power generation industry, which is trying to survive the event. Officials in Tokyo echo the central government in telling people that there is “nothing to fear” in the capital. But a citizens initiative has found numerous hot spots around Tokyo, 160 miles from the disaster zone.
According to this article in the New York Times:
The government’s failure to act quickly, a growing chorus of scientists say, may be exposing many more people than originally believed to potentially harmful radiation. It is also part of a pattern: Japan’s leaders have continually insisted that the fallout from Fukushima will not spread far, or pose a health threat to residents, or contaminate the food chain. And officials have repeatedly been proved wrong by independent experts and citizens’ groups that conduct testing on their own.
“Radioactive substances are entering people’s bodies from the air, from the food. It’s everywhere,” said Kiyoshi Toda, a radiation expert at Nagasaki University’s faculty of environmental studies and a medical doctor. “But the government doesn’t even try to inform the public how much radiation they’re exposed to.”