On September 30th 1999 a small village in japan was effected by a serious nuclear disaster. Now known as the Tokaimura nuclear accident it claimed the lives of 2 people. In this video we will be taking a look at one of the
two workers who was so badly effected by radiation it basically caused his D.N.A to melt. The accident occurred within a nuclear plant
in the Japanese village of Tokai. While working on creating a new batch of uranium
enriched fuel. The trio of workers creating the fuel had no proper qualifications or training
requirements in order to successfully create the fuel. Adding too much uranium to the mixture
caused it to reach critical mass and a major uranium leak occurred. The real problem came
once the technicians added a uranyl nitrate solution to the mixture, this caused a chain
reaction which lead to the fuel to begin to emit intense gamma radiation. The workers
described seeing a bright blue flash, they then began to feel nausea and struggled to
breathe. Five hours into the radiation leak surrounding
residents of the area were evacuated from their homes. People located 6 miles away were
informed to stay inside and use items such as sandbags to block the lingering radiation,
they were also told to wash off any rain that may fall on them.
People within the affected area were forced to stay inside for 24 hours.
39 workers were exposed to the immediate effects of the radiation and 667 workers, emergency
responders and nearby civilians were exposed to excess radiation. The worst case of radiation poising from the
accident has to be the terrible effects it had on one of the workers by the name of Hisashi
Ouchi, he was one of the workers who was creating the fuel.
After the leak his entire body began to experience pain he then vomited and fell unconscious.
The radiation had a devastating effect on him, it destroyed most of his skin, severely
damaged his internal organs and he had a white blood cell count close to zero.
Although he was in a critical condition he was kept alive for 83 more days, as the days
went on his condition became worse. His skin and muscles began to deteriorate,
the doctors administered antibiotics and antifungals but the drugs barely helped at all. He would
beg for death. He was losing about 20 litres of bodily fluid
a day, the radiation broke down the chromosomes within his cells and most cells that didn’t
die became cancerous. Within his span of suffering he died several
times however doctors revived him each time. He finally died after 2 and a half months
of suffering. There is a picture of the state his body was
in before he died, you can simply google his name or check the link in the description,
but we must warn you the picture is beyond graphic and may not be suitable for sensitive
people so do not click the link if you do not like graphic medical pictures. The accidents cause was officially ruled as human error and serious breaches of safety principles This makes us wonder if something as complicated
and potentially devastating as nuclear power should be used as an energy source. Do you
think the human race should be using an alternate energy sources and if so, which one should
we use? Thank You so much for watching, we would just
like to explain why we have done this video, sometimes while making a top5 video we will
come across interesting cases but will only come across little or specific information
about the case therefore we’re unable to make a full top5 video out of the case. However,
we don�t want to put the information to waste. Due to this we are thinking of starting
to do documentary style videos along with top5 videos. Depending on the outcome of this
video we might make more and they will be much longer