Japanese rector disaster.

Reports that radiation levels were 10 million times higher in reactor water have in fact now been exposed as cobblers.

That’s not to say its not still high – but why do people accept all this at face value. Has the world lost its critical faculties?

It looks like nearly 50000 people have died from the natural disaster. None from the nuclear disaster.

The facts are that 31 people died as an immediate result of the accident and fighting the resulting fire.
14 people have since died from acute radiation syndrome.
The incidence of cancer there had been rising in the 1980s, but it continued to rise at the same rate after the accident. Specifically, there has been no significant increase in the incidence of leukaemia, the radiation-induced cancer that shows up soonest.

Just about the worst natural disaster one can imagine affected these Japanese power plants and as yet the consequences are far less than the self induced disaster that was Chernobyl (which disaster was far less dramatic than hysteria would have us believe).