What is Radiation Sickness?

Due to the recent tragedies in Japan and particularly the disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant I’ve been asking myself a series of questions that many of you may be asking: What is radiation poisoning/sickness exactly? How much radiation does a person have to be exposed to to get ill? What are the symptoms? What are the treatments? Why was a nuclear power plant built in a freakin tsunami zone!?!?!?!?! (This last question is off topic and will not be discussed here – it just pisses me off.)

Radiation poisoning or sickness is a huge topic to cover so I’m going to break this down to basic elements. First, let’s define radiation .

Radiation is how energy moves through a medium or space. Light waves are non-ionizing radiation, but nuclear particles are... Full Article on Celsias