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Saturday, August 6, 2011

☢ Fire and Smoke at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Aug. 6 2011 ☢ UPDATE ☢

UPDATE 2 Location of the Fire with google earth:
☢ Strange Fire at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Aug. 6 2011 ☢ UPDATE 2 ☢

Following up on my earlier post about the ☢ Strange Lights Flicker at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Aug. 6 2011 ☢

There seems to be something going on at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. FrankSnapp on the chat showed a video from Aug. 4 2011 the live cam show some strange things happening.Youtube Video 2011.08.04 19:00-20:00 / ふくいちライブカメラ (Live Fukushima Nuclear Plant Cam)

What's going on there? Did the spent fuel pool dry up and catch fire? Now it seems to me that the people in charge of the live cam turned it to black and white about 55 sec into the video. Probably to keep down the dramatic effects going on. There are clearly massive amounts of smoke / steam coming from the Fukushima reactors or spent fuel storage pool.

And today Aug. 6 2011 19:00 Local time, the exact same TIME 19:00 and the exact same thing happend. The strange lights I saw was the aftermath of the event it seems. We clearly see on the photos that something is burning. And the funny thing is the split second after that last image about 50 sec into the video the live cam goes black and white again. 


What we see after that is only white glowig and flashes going on. But still, something is very wrong at the Fukushima Daiichi Reactors. Or it could also be the Common Spent Fuel Storage Facility if you have a look at the map of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant below and how the camera is angled.




Here are the links to the live cam videos starting from 20:00 Local Time. 

Watch at 1:45 min into this video 22:00-23:00 how a very strong light appears.



Watch 20 seconds into this video between 01:00-02:00 how a very strong flash occures and then at 50 seconds it's like it's lights out. Everything dies down. From now on it's just the strange flashes you see.







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Geiger Counters - Radiation Detection Meters - Handheld Radiation Detector



When it comes to radiation detection meters you really have a wide field of gadgets to choose from, however radiation detectors are the most common to use. First of all if you need to know what type of radiation you are looking for. There are Alpha, Beta and Gamma radiation detectors. And also there is neutron emission of nuclear radiation. And all these different types of emissions have radiation detectors for a specific type of radiation that you can buy radiation detector for. Some also measure both Alpha and Beta. Others detect Alpha, Beta and Gamma. While others let you measure Beta and Gamma radiation.



What most people have use for though are Dosimeters you can buy a handheld radiation detector pretty cheap that are good addition to a survival kit. There are different kinds that you can use that will detect radiation. There are radiation badges that will tell you when radiation become high. Workers at nuclear power plants use these to inform them of how much radiation they have been exposed to. Now also children in the Fukushima prefecture have each been given a radiation badge so they know if they are exposed to radiation. Some come in the shape of a pen that you can carry in your pocket while other are made more compact so that you can attach them to your keychain. And then you have what is called a personal radiation monitor. These are also called Dosimeters and also normally called Geiger counters. Although not all use the Geiger-Muller Tube for the radiation detection some use a semiconductor instead. These and mostly the older geiger counters seen are pretty big to carry around, so they might not be best suited for a survival situation where you only need to carry the most important things. However if you have land and want to check radiation around the property and drinking water then these are the geiger counters to get because they are very well built units.

These are the once that you normally see people use. They have different units of radiation detection, because when it comes to radiation there are many standards used. some give the measurements in Rads, while other use Sieverts. Some have the maximum radiation value for the measured radioactivity quite low but they will still give you an idea of the amount of radiation in the area. With the units ranging from between background radiation 0.001 mSv/hr all the way up to 10 Sv/h. Normally a dosimeter will measure radiation in micro siverts per hour. If you were to walk into one of the reactor units at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant you probably would get an error reading from your dosimeter because the radiation levels are so high there.

Note that some places outside the exclusion zone in Fukushima that are too radioactive for people to live in have areas where the radiation levels are above 30 Sv/h. So if you are in a area that have high radiation the radiation detectors would also there go off the scale. However Geiger counters or radiation detectors are still favored as general purpose alpha/beta/gamma portable radiation detectors and radiation detection equipment, due to their low cost and robustness. Most come with an LCD Display that show you the radioactivity in the area. Nowdays you will even get alarm sound and the possibility to connect the device to a computer. Either with a Infrared, Bluetooth or USB connection.

So if you look at the radiation detectors for sale that have this, then these radiation detection meters will allow you to make maps of contaminated areas that show where the radiation is high and low. This also will help you to see which areas are becoming more contaminated over time. With several nuclear reactors in the US and around the world located near fault zones that makes it a danger if a big earthquake would hit the area there is always a good choice to have a radiation dosimeter avaliable. I'm sure many in Fukushima would have been grateful to have dosimeters avaliable at the time of the disaster and I am sure you to would be grateful to have a geiger counter handy when you need one.

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