The first thing we should learn from Fukushima is that no one - not a single person - received any injury from the radiation from Fukushima. When asked recently how many persons might have their lives shortened by the radiation, LNT-advocate Abel Gonzales replied bluntly: "None."
The doses received by operators in Fukushima are all below the doses received from background radiation from high natural background areas elsewhere in the world, where people have lived healthily for countless generations.
The conservative regulators of the International Atomic Energy Agency Expert Fact Finding Mission stated it this way:
"To date no health effects have been reported in any person
as a result of radiation exposure from the nuclear accident"
In view of the 25,000 deaths from non-nuclear causes, it does not seem reasonable to think of that tragedy as a nuclear catastrophe.
But there are certainly lessons that the international nuclear community should learn from this, and that lesson-learning is now underway throughout the world. We will discuss that in another post.