IAEA Injury And Contamination Update

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The IAEA, which still is conspicuously missing from Fukushima yet is rumored to be en route to provide on the site analysis, has provided the following update on fallout associated injuries and contamination.

Injuries or Contamination at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Based on a press release from the
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary dated 16 March 2011, the IAEA can
confirm the following information about human injuries or contamination
at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Please note that this list
provides a snapshot of the latest information made available to the IAEA
by Japanese authorities. Given the fluid situation at the plant, this
information is subject to change.


  • 2 TEPCO employees have minor injuries
  • 2 subcontractor employees are
    injured, one person suffered broken legs and one person whose condition
    is unknown was transported to the hospital
  • 2 people are missing
  • 2 people were ’suddenly taken ill’
  • 2 TEPCO employees were transported to hospital during the time of donning respiratory protection in the control centre
  • 4 people (2 TEPCO employees, 2
    subcontractor employees) sustained minor injuries due to the explosion
    at unit 1 on 11 March and were transported to the hospital
  • 11 people (4 TEPCO employees, 3
    subcontractor employees and 4 Japanese civil defense workers) were
    injured due to the explosion at unit 3 on 14 March

Radiological Contamination

  • 17 people (9 TEPCO employees, 8
    subcontractor employees) suffered from deposition of radioactive
    material to their faces, but were not taken to the hospital because of
    low levels of exposure
  • One worker suffered from significant exposure during ‘vent work,’ and was transported to an offsite center
  • 2 policemen who were exposed to radiation were decontaminated
  • Firemen who were exposed to radiation are under investigation

The IAEA continues to seek information from Japanese authorities about all aspects of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.