Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivor Pffts Current Nuclear Disaster

Shoppers look at empty shelves at a supermarket after salt sold out in Beijing on March 17, 2011. Chinese retailers on March 17 reported panic buying of salt, partly because shoppers believe it could help ward off the effects of potential radioactivity from Japan's crippled nuclear power plant. Chinese consumers are hoping iodine in the iodised salt can reduce the impact of possible radioactivity as the crisis at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant deepens. But state-run China National Radio said the iodine content of edible salt in the country averages between 20-30 microgrammes per kilogramme, quoting experts saying that is too low to have any effect. AFP PHOTO / LIU JIN (Photo credit should read LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images/Getty

As Japanese workers continue their desperate efforts to avert a complete nuclear catastrophe, the United States begins evacuating its citizens from the country, and people the world over stock up on potassium iodide pills, 71-year-old Kazuko Yamashita doesn't quite get what all the fuss is about. Compared to surviving the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, as she did, this all seems like a minor inconvenience.

"I may be a bit too callous about this due to the fact that I was really heavily exposed to radiation, but I don't think this is anything to turn pale over," she told Reuters.

"People seem to be much too sensitive, though of course it's not really for me to say, and heavy radiation exposure is a serious thing. But I was 3.6 km (2.2 miles) from the bomb, and they've evacuated for 20 km (around the stricken nuclear plant). I really don't understand this kind of feeling."

In that case, there's a real shortage of workers at the nuclear plant right now, so ...

Nagasaki survivor: People seem 'too sensitive' [MSNBC]