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The most toxic element Plutonium found in Japan soil

The most toxic element Plutonium found in Japan soil

What does it mean to you when Plutonium, the most toxic element, was found in Japan soil? We have heard iodine I-131, I-133 and Uranium-238 found in air, seawater, and soil in the last few days. However, more radioactive elements has been found by the Japanese Government,  including the deadly Plutonium 239. What does it means to us?

Plutonium is raw materials used to make nuclear weapon. It accumulates in bone marrow and causes leukemia and bone cancer. It has a  half-life of up to 24,000 years, which requires a very long time to be decomposed in the environment. Plutonium is worse than iodine, cesium and other radioactive materials; its has long term effects on generations to come.  If plutonium contamination spreads to underground water, the situation is even worse.  The Japanese Authority may have to shut down nuclear power plant and  spend decades on  cleaning up the nuclear contamination.

Some scientists have stated that five grams of Plutonium 239, which is approximately the size of one cube of sugar,  can kill all humans and living creatures in the world!! However, this highly radioactive Plutonium particles cannot travel in long distances. It does harm to you when you inhale them; it does not penetrate through human skin. Also, their deadly radiation nature increase the risk of bone cancer, liver cancer, and leukemia.