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12 Mar. 2012
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JAPAN-TSUNAMI/
RTR2Z8EI
12 Mar. 2012
KORIYAMA, Japan
An employee of a health centre takes out a pack of potassium iodide pills from a box in a storage room in Koriyama, Fukushima prefecture March 12, 2012. Potassium iodide is believed to be effective in lowering the risk of thyroid cancer by saturating the thyroid gland, which helps prevent the uptake of radioactive material when given before or shortly after exposure. According to a health centre employee, Koriyama city has a reserve of 24,000 iodide pills, which are available for its residents under 40-years-old in case of another nuclear disaster. Even then, Japan's requirement for administering the pills is only when the radiation level exceeds 100 millisieverts (mSv) per hour. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: HEALTH DRUGS SOCIETY DISASTER)
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