But history archives show that the world had been unnecessarily exposed to radiation because of greedy nations wanting to exercise their dominance over other nations.
Ever since the first nuclear bomb (codenamed Trinity) was detonated in New Mexico in 1945, several others were also detonated in the proceeding years by the U.S., and other nuclear states such as the former USSR, UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, and the latest by North Korea in 2009.
Except for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, what's astonishing here is that these nuclear detonations were conducted in “peace time,” done in the guise of science or national security interests. And all were done at the expense of the citizens' health of each country mentioned above, and at the expense of their neighboring countries, at the expense of the world.
Most were atmospheric detonations, which have greatly scattered the radiation to a wider and farther area. When the Limited Test Ban Treaty was implemented in 1963, underwater and underground detonations were conducted, except France and China which still did atmospheric detonations in 1974 and 1980 respectively.
Underground testings were not at all safe too, as previously thought, because this type of detonation can “leak” or vent to the surface, producing considerable amounts of radioactive debris. Underground testing can also result in seismic activity depending on the strength of the nuclear device and the composition of the medium it is detonated in, but still generally result in the creation of subsidence craters.
The National Cancer Institute and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded in a 1998 report that nuclear testing has exposed to radiation nearly everyone who has resided in the United States since 1951. In fact, some of the radioactive materials from these atmospheric tests still circulate in the atmosphere at this moment.
The diseases that people will die from will not be associated with radiation but diagnosed as heart disease, kidney failure, liver failure, cancer, etc.
In the case of U.S., the nuclear testings in Nevada alone amounted to hundreds of nuclear detonations from 1951 to 1957, resulting to environmental destruction, and diseases that have claimed and are still claiming lives.
The radioactive fallout from these Nevada tests drifted eastward extending over the breadth of the nation, even out into the Atlantic ocean. The countless cancer victims that these tests caused had to wait until the 1990s for a formal apology and monetary compensation from the government. By that time very many had already died.
Tens of thousands of people have died slow deaths from cancer as a result of this global fallout in time of “peace,” deaths that have never been documented. The thousands of American victims at present have no more deadly an enemy than their own government.
Who knows where and how many more tests are being carried out in the U.S and elsewhere that were hidden from public knowledge.
Even death rates from nuclear radiation exposure also gets manipulated. The Chernobyl statistic is a living proof: IAEA stated only 4.000, but 985.000 were documented by Nesterenko et al.
The U.S. and Japanese governments are not releasing the true radiation data.
Invisible radioactive atoms that are riding through the globe’s atmosphere and falling to the earth in rain, snow and fog in the wake of all those nuclear tests and accidents can strike the cells of humans and other animals with energy and subatomic particles, if they get close enough, potentially damaging DNA and leading to cancer.
U.S. State and local governments do not have any mechanism, or do not initiate mechanisms to secure safety related to nuclear contamination, but instead automatically defer this to the EPA. The San Francisco Public Utilities District, for example, has not conducted any special tests for radiation in the water that it sells to 2.5 million customers since the Fukushima meltdown, because it has not been directed to do so by any higher levels of government.
But even the EPA is suspect of covering up the truth about a lot of things related to environment health and safety.
Helen Caldicott, founding president of the 50-year old Nobel Peace Prize-winning nonprofit Physicians for Social Responsibility, predict that a worldwide spate of cancers will plague humanity for decades because of the Fukushima disaster.
Caldicott flatly accused the federal government of lying about the risks of the nuclear fallout to protect the nuclear power and weapons industries from public backlash.
The nonprofit Food and Water Watch has called on federal leaders to re-evaluate policies related to the safety of radiation in food and drinking water in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, but to little avail.
Patty Lovera, a Washington-based assistant director at the organization, believes government officials have reflexively issued assurances that the radiation does not pose a threat because of ingrained beliefs within bureaucracies that nuclear power can be made safe.
While nuclear states all over the world have yet to comprehend the evil that nukes bring to the people and the world, whether in the form of a weapon or a power plant, we can only hope that they stop their lies and instead act on eradicating this destructive force in the future, in the very near future.