I'm afraid I don't accept the Wikipedia figures on Plutonium mortality. The information in Wikipedia has become the hostage of whatever industry group can hire the most people to plant disinformation.
I once spent a month trying to add information to the entry on Chernobyl. The European Union has done a study that concluded 1,000,000 people so far have died prematurely from cancers and other diseases such as Chernobyl Heart caused by the Chernobyl fallout. Within the hour that I posted it, pro-nuclear people had edited out. After a month of trying to put it back in, I gave up.
The nuclear industry is also not afraid to make bold lies in support of nuclear power. One of the most common is the idea of a "safe" threshold. One of the entries above mentions 400 milliseverts. The truth is that the National Academy of Sciences in the U.S. has determined that there is NO safe dose. Every exposure causes additional death and disease.
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Some people can die that quickly from radiation. Since the radioactive atoms damage the body randomly and unpredictably, it is possible that, for example, Cesium could have found its way to his heart muscle and damaged it.
Also, if he had inhaled some plutonium particles, he could die very, very quickly. Plutonium is named after the God of the Dead, because only a few atoms are enough to kill a person.
Try to watch the movie "Chernobyl Heart." It describes the health effects of radioactive Cesium on young people in Bellarus, downwind from Chernobyl. It is a terrible tragedy there. I weep for the next generation of Japanese children.
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